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Connecticut College 5, Wesleyan University 2 Cangelosi Sparks Camels with Two Goals in Opening Period of Play

Connecticut College 5, Wesleyan University 2 Cangelosi Sparks Camels with Two Goals in Opening Period of Play

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior forward JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) potted a pair of first period goals to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 5-2 triumph over Wesleyan University in a NESCAC matinee played in Dayton Arena Sunday.

Both teams evened their record at 1-1. The visiting Cardinals knocked off Tufts in a 5-2 decision Friday while the Camels had lost their opener to ninth ranked Trinity, 7-2 in New London on the same night.

Sophomore Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for Head Coach Jim Ward's Camels. Jeff Celniker (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) both contributed with scores for the winning side.

Junior net-minder Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) collected 11 of his 24 saves in the third period for the Camels.

Wesleyan University junior Alex Carlacci (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and sophomore James Kline (Pittsburgh, Pa.) accounted for the Cardinals' goals in the loss.

Sophomore Dawson Sprigings (Toronto, Ontario) was impressive in the setback, registering 31 saves between the pipes for the visitors.

Giordano helped lead to Cangelosi's first goal at 5:48 of the first. There was a scramble for the loose puck in the slot area and Giordano was able to win the battle and feed Cangelosi for a score right out in front of the goal 

But the Cardinals got one back with 12:55 left in the opening period. Kline took a feed from Jaren Taenaka (Rosemead, Calif.) and executed with a nifty looking wraparound move to put the Cardinals on the board with the equalizer.

However, Cangelosi and the Camels regained their one goal advantage with 8:28 remaining in the first. Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) unloaded with a blast that was saved by Sprigings but Cangelosi tipped in the rebound and the Camels carried a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.

Connecticut College opened things up in the middle period. Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) delivered a lead pass to Giordano and the sophomore was able to beat Sprigings on a breakaway to make it a 3-1 contest. With 13:42 remaining in the second, the hosts tacked on another insurance goal. Nic Pilote (Gatineau, Quebec) induced a turnover in the neutral zone and cycled the puck ahead to Celniker, who unloaded for a score from the slot area.

The Camels dominated the second period of play, holding a 15-to-8 edge in shots to build their 4-1 advantage.

Carlacci got one goal back for Wesleyan with 12:09 remaining. Connor Ryan (Greenwood, Minn.) assisted on the marker but the Cardinals could not get any closer.

Wesleyan head coach Chris Potter pulled Sprigings from the goal with 1:27 remaining to gain the extra skater.

But the Camels were able to protect Conlin in the goal and with eight seconds left, Roper closed out the contest with an empty-netter for the home team.

The Camels enjoyed a 36-to-26 advantage on the shot chart and were a perfect 4-for-4 in penalty killing situations.