NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College men's hockey team scored a goal in each of the three periods and junior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) kept the barn door shut at the other end of the ice, turning aside all 16 shots he faced in a 3-0 blanking of Middlebury College at Dayton Arena Saturday.
The Camels improved their record to 9-7-2 with the triumph and are 6-5-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers fell to 7-8-3 while moving to 4-5-3 mark in conference action.
Connecticut College was a perfect 4-for-4 on its penalty kill for the afternoon and finished the weekend 8-for-8 on the pk in its two wins.
Middlebury College rookie net-minder Stephen Klein (Saskatoon, Sask.) finished with 32 saves in the contest.
The Camels had their first chance on the power play with 8:31 remaining in the first period. But a stout penalty killing unit for Middlebury kept the Camels off the board while Klein made four saves during this stretch to keep the game scoreless.
Connecticut College finally got on the board with 1:32 remaining in the first. Giordano executed with a nifty looking wraparound move for a goal. Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) assisted on the score.
Just 1:02 in the second period, the hosts doubled their lead with a shorthanded goal. Junior JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) and DiPretoro broke free in a 2-on-1 situation. Cangelosi was able to lead DiPretoro out in front of the cage for the shorty that made it a 2-0 game.
In the third period, the Camels enjoyed a 10-to-2 advantage on the shot chart. Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) won a puck in the neutral zone and made a nice drop pass to Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) who connected with Patel for the senior's first goal of the season.
Connecticut College enjoyed a 35-to-16 advantage in shots and was a perfect 9-for-9 in combined special teams play.
Middlebury returns home to Kenyon Arena Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. against Trinity College.
At the same time Friday, the Camels will visit Tufts University for a NESCAC game at the Malden Ice Palace in Malden, Mass.