BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Greg Pezza (Greenville, R.I.) scored twice and was among four Camels to factor into a pair of goals as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team concluded its 2018-19 season by registering a 5-4 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.
Bowdoin (6-16-2, NESCAC 3-14-1) scored just 30 seconds into the game and then again at the 3:02 mark to move ahead by a 2-0 score. Austin Ricci's wrist shot was successful to put the Polar Bears on the board, and Christian Capello tapped in a rebound through traffic to double the margin.
Despite the slow start, Connecticut College responded by scoring three times before the first intermission. Sophomore Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) sliced the deficit in half by burying his own rebound at the 10:23 mark, and Pezza evened the score in similar fashion by tucking his own rebound off an initial wraparound shot on the right post with 2:06 remaining. Freshman Anthony Quatieri (Peabody, Mass.) then found sophomore Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) for a one-timer with only eight seconds left to put the visitors ahead.
Connecticut College wasted no time adding to its lead in the second period, as Quatieri redirected an attempt by junior Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) to make it 4-2 just 52 seconds into the frame. Even though Bowdoin was able to quickly respond by netting its third goal less than two minutes later to make it 4-3, the Camels were able to add one more by capitalizing on another rebound to move ahead by a pair of goals again. Pezza popped home the puck after a shot by junior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) was saved by goalie Erik Wurman. The marker, which was Pezza's second of the game, proved to be just enough as the Camels would eventually come away with a one-goal victory.
Junior Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario) made 40 saves to pick up the victory in net for the Camels to finish the winter with a winning 6-5 ledger. Wurman was charged with the loss for Bowdoin after stopping 19 shots and allowing two goals, including the eventual game-winning marker, in relief of Alex Zafonte.
Connecticut College (7-16-1, NESCAC 3-14-1) graduates five seniors and is slated to return more than 20 letterwinners next season.