NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 33 saves, including 15 in the second period, and three different players found the back of the net as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team survived to defeat Amherst by a 3-2 score at Dayton Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Camels leaped into third place in the NESCAC standings.
Connecticut College, which won its third straight straight game against a league opponent, got going at the 11:57 mark when freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) ripped a shot through the legs of goalie Connor Girard. Sophomores Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) were credited with assists on the play.
Despite being outshot by a 19-13 margin overall, Connecticut College added two more goals in the second period to build up a 3-0 lead. Freshman Kyle Moss (Sutton, Mass.) wrapped around the goal and slipped the puck inside the near right post for his first career marker after taking passes from sophomore Brendan O'Connell (Williston, Vt.) and classmate Bryan Ackil (Southboro, Mass.) to double the team's lead at 3:21. O'Connell then redirected a centered pass in front of the goal mouth from junior Kevin Doyle (Orleans, Mass.) with just 12 seconds on the clock to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage at the second intermission.
Amherst (5-6-3, NESCAC 3-3-3), however, fought back and made it a game again in the third and final frame. Jack Fitzgerald got the Mammoths on the board by netting a power play goal at the 8:11 mark, and Joey Lupo added a marker while the team was playing shorthanded by potting a rebound after Rodericks saved a shot taken by Max Roche.
The visitors continued to pepper Rodericks with shots and attempted seven overall after pulling Girard to earn an extra skater with just over a minute left. Rodericks, however, turned away everything to allow the Camels to survive.
Rodericks came up huge for the second time in as many days by turning away 33 Mammoth attempts for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 35-23 margin. Girard made 20 stops in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (5-8-0, NESCAC 5-3-0) will next travel to face Worcester State on Tuesday evening for a 7 p.m. contest.