WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Brenden Russ (Las Vegas, Nev.) scored his first collegiate goal in the waning seconds of overtime to propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Worcester State on Tuesday evening at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. The Camels rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the third period to win their third game over the last four days.
Worcester State (11-4) dominated the opening period, attempting the first seven shots on target and nine of the 10 between the teams during the 20-minute span. Senior Tim Cooney (Rocky Hill, Conn.), however, came up big by turning away all nine shots and three when the team was playing shorthanded to keep the game scoreless heading into the first intermission.
After the Lancers finally broke through with the game's first goal in the second period, the Camels came alive in the third by scoring twice in a span of 40 seconds. Sophomore William White (Frisco, Texas found the back of the net for the first time this season at 6:31, and senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) followed up with the go-ahead marker after winning the ensuing faceoff.
Even though the hosts were able to net the equalizer with under five minutes remaining in regulation, the Camels held their ground by killing off a Lancer power play and having Cooney redirect the last two shots he faced. Connecticut College then used the momentum it gained and owned the overtime session by taking all five shots on target, which was capped by Russ providing the heroics with his first goal as a collegian with just 20 seconds remaining.
Cooney won his first game as a collegian between the pipes by making 23 saves for Connecticut College, which got stronger as the game progressed and held a 15-4 shot advantage during the third period and overtime. John Reinstein of Worcester State suffered the loss after turning away 24 Camel shot attempts.
Connecticut College (6-8) returns to NESCAC action to face its Nutmeg rivals over the weekend. The Camels will first face Wesleyan on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.