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Connecticut College 6, Stonehill College 2 Giordano's Hat-Trick Propels Camels to Victory

Connecticut College 6, Stonehill College 2 Giordano's Hat-Trick Propels Camels to Victory

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.--Joe Giordano (pictured, Ellington, Conn.) had a hat-trick and Matt Michaud (South Portland, Maine) scored twice to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 6-2 victory against Stonehill College in a non-conference clash between the NESCAC and Northeast 10 played at the Bridgewater Ice Arena Thursday night.

The Camels improved their record to 2-6-2 with the triumph while the Skyhawks slipped to 4-6-3 with the setback.

Senior Sebastian Meltzer (Montreal, Quebec) provided a shorthanded marker in the victory while classmate Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) had two assists.

Senior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) stopped 15 of 17 shots to earn the victory. The Camels were a perfect 3-for-3 on their penalty kill and were 3-for-7 on their power play.

Junior forward Thomas DePoalo (Menhdam, N.J.) and sophomore Brian Higgins (Milton, Mass.) contributed third period scores for the Skyhawks.

Stonehill College junior net-minder Patrick Farrington (Sandwich, Mass.) made 27 saves in the setback.

The Camels out-shot the Skyhawks 11-to-7 in the opening period but neither side could get on the scoreboard. But 4:24 into the second period, the Camels took the lead for good when senior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) assisted Giordano for the first of his three scores. With 7:19 remaining in the middle period, Meltzer put in his shorty to make it a 2-0 game.

Just 4:02 later, the Camels cashed in on their power play when DiPretoro was the facilitator on Giordano's second score of the night.

 Michaud tacked on two third period goals in a memorable debut for the Camels before Giordano scored the trifecta with 8:32 remaining to close out the 6-2 win.

The Camels will visit Manhattanville Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. game at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y.

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