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Men’s Ice Hockey Settles for 2-2 Draw With Middlebury

Men’s Ice Hockey Settles for 2-2 Draw With Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team played Middlebury to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday evening at Kenyon Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Connecticut College took advantage of a 5-on-3 situation to get on the board in the second. Senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) unleashed a rocket from the left point near the end of a five-minute major to give the Camels a 1-0 lead at the 5:44 mark of the frame. Middlebury had plenty of chances to net the equalizer by firing as many as 11 shots in a three-minute span, but sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) turned away everything in his path to preserve the one-goal lead heading into the final period.

The teams traded goals throughout the third stanza. The Panthers finally tied the game just 56 seconds into the frame when Frank Cosolito scored a power play goal, but the Camels answered right back. After freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) had his shot denied by netminder Stephen Klein, sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) potted the rebound to put the visitors ahead again.

Middlebury (4-12-1, NESCAC 2-8-1), however, did not go away and was able to net another equalizer to eventually force overtime when Kamil Tkaczuk sent home a rebound off a shot initially taken by Cosolito. Neither side had any good scoring chances in the extra five minutes of action, and the game would end in a draw.

Rodericks made 24 saves between the pipes for Connecticut College, while Klein of Middlebury turned away 18 shots.

Connecticut College (7-9-1, NESCAC 6-4-1), which has seen three of its past four games extend to overtime, concludes a weekend road trip when it visits Williams tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.