Petti Supplies Second Period Score for Camels
SARATOGA, N.Y.--For the second straight game, the Connecticut College men's hockey team skated in a close battle against a nationally ranked foe and fell just short as the 15th ranked Skidmore College Thoroughbreds held off the Camels in a 2-1 victory today in the first round of the Skidmore College Tournament.
The Camels (0-3) will face-off against the Fitchburg State University Falcons tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the third place game. Skidmore (6-2) will meet the Knights from Neumann in the title game at 4. Neumann (6-3) defeated Fitchburg (3-4-1) 6-0 in the second half of the double-header today.
Skidmore scored a pair of first period goals, building a 2-0 advantage when senior forward Anthony Bird (Central Square, N.Y.) found the back of the net with his sixth goal of the season with 11:49 remaining in the opening period.
Skidmore owned a 13-4 edge on the shot chart in the first period and out-shot the Camels 15-to-3 in the second. But with 12:51 remaining in the middle period, the Camels trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) netted his first goal as a Camels. Freshmen Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) and Brenden Russ (pictured, Las Vegas, Nev.) notched their first collegiate assists with the score.
The Camels were able to effectively kill-off a pair of penalties in the third to finish a perfect 5-for-5 on their penalty kill for the day. The visitors out-shot Skidmore 7-to-6 but fell just short.
Freshman Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ont.) turned aside 32 shots in an impressive performance for the Camels in goal.
Senior Jack McDonald (King City, Ontario) made 13 saves for Skidmore.