NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) scored twice and was among six Camels to find the back of the net as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team defeated Bowdoin by a 7-3 score on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena to conclude the regular season. With the victory, the team clinched one of the top four spots as well as home ice advantage for the quarterfinal round of the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
The Camels wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and struck just 69 seconds into the contest. Freshman Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) sent a pass off the boards to Capozzi, who came in from the right side on a breakaway and beat goalie Erik Wurman for the first marker of the game. Cody Todesco evened the score when he beat Camel netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) with a high shot over the shoulder of his glove side at 8:08, but the hosts had a quick answer when senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) redirected a shot into the net.
Connecticut College, which led 2-1 at the first intermission, maintained its lead for the remainder of the game and exploded to score four times in the second period. Down 3-1 in the opening minutes of the second frame, Bowdoin sliced the deficit in half within seconds after Ronnie Lestan won a faceoff from the right side. Todesco sent a pass back to teammate Seth Cooper at the right point, and the defender fired home a shot at the 4:13 mark of the frame.
The hosts, however, tallied three unanswered goals in the frame to pull away for good. Senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) sparked the run by answering with a marker of his own from the right point and just inches in front of the Camel bench before junior Kevin Doyle (Orleans, Mass.) and Capozzi tallied back-to-back goals in a span of 1:01 to make it 6-2 through two periods of play. Matt Gaetz (Mississauga, Ontario), who was one of five seniors recognized prior to the contest, scored his first goal of the season on an empty net at the 18:35 mark to seal the final outcome.
Rodericks picked up the victory between the pipes by making 36 saves for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 42-35 margin. Tim Cooney (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made three saves down the stretch on his Senior Day. Erik Wurman of Bowdoin (8-16, NESCAC 5-13) was charged with the loss after making 13 saves on 17 chances in 40 minutes of action.
Connecticut College (10-10-4, NESCAC 9-5-4), which ended the day in second place in the standings, will next open up NESCAC Tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 24 on its home ice. The opponent and start time will be determined tomorrow evening.