Connecticut College 5 Manhattanville 2 Rodericks Stops 28 Shots in Debut for the Camels

Connecticut College 5 Manhattanville 2 Rodericks Stops 28 Shots in Debut for the Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Connor Rodericks (Franklin, Mass.) turned aside 28 of 30 shots in his first start for Connecticut College to lead the Camels in a 5-2 triumph against a talented Manhattanville College squad on Thursday night in Dayton Arena. 

The Camels improved their record to 3-7-1 with their second straight win. The Valiants evened their mark at 7-7 with the setback.

Senior Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.), William White (Frisco, Texas), Vincent Ditmore (Alpharetta, Ga.), Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) and Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) all contributed with goals for the Camels, who have exploded with 13 goals in the last two games. 

Sophomore forward Matt Lippa (Richmond Hill, Ont.) netted his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the setback for the Valiants while sophomore Eric Berglund (Sollentuna, Sweden) potted his fourth goal of the season in the loss.

Kyle Redmond (Toronto, Ont.) made seven saves in 24:28 of action to take the loss in goal for the visitors. Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont.) made 16 stops in 33:52 of relief duty. 

The Camels opened the scoring with 1:56 remaining in the first. Senior Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) collected his first of two assists on the night when he won a battle for possession near the blue line, cycling the puck ahead to Thompson, who dropped a pass to Belisle. The senior forward made a nice move to move Redmond off his spot and flicked in his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

White and Ditmore scored 54 seconds apart from each other early in the second to vault the Camels out to a 3-1 edge. But the Valiants stormed back with the next two goals, pulling to within 3-2 when Lippa made a terrific move skating through the neutral zone and unloading with a wrist shot from the high slot and it was just a one goal game. 

But Thompson provided a clutch insurance goal when he took a feed from Liam Ferguson (Orange, Conn.) and rifled home a shot from the left circle with 12:48 remaining to make it a 4-2 game.

Evans put the finishing touches on the victory with an empty netter and the Camels celebrated with the 5-2 victory. Manhattanville held a slim 30-to-28 advantage on the shot chart.