MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomores Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) and Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) each found the back of the net twice to propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a 5-3 triumph over Wesleyan on Friday evening at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
With the game tied for the third time at 3-all and the game in its waning minutes, Petti took over and came through with the eventual game-winning marker when he beat goalie George Blinick with a blast from the right wing to put the Camels ahead at the 15:50 mark of the third period. Wesleyan tried to create instant offense by pulling Blinick from between the pipes down the stretch, but Petti was able to put the game away by evading a Cardinal defender and sliding the puck into the empty net.
After a scoreless first period, Connecticut College burst ahead by a 2-0 score by getting a pair of tallies in a span of 2:08. Moreau put the Camels opened the scoring at the 9:47 mark in the second frame before freshman Greg Pezza (Greenville, R.I.) doubled the margin with his first collegiate goal just past the midway point of the frame.
Wesleyan (0-1, NESCAC 0-1) came back and tied the score at 2-2 when Dylan Holze netted a power play goal at the 8:56 mark of the third period, but the Cardinal's hopes were dashed when Moreau rifled the puck home just 16 seconds later. Even though Wesleyan was able to knot the score on a Tyler Wyatt marker, the visitors quickly recovered with Petti's back-to-back markers proving to be the difference.
Sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) picked up the victory between the pipes by making 38 saves for Connecticut College, which won its season opener despite being outshot by a 41-31 margin. Blinick suffered the loss after turning away 26 Camel shots.
Connecticut College (1-0, NESCAC 1-0) will next face a big test when it visits Trinity, which is ranked seventh nationally by USCHO.com, tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m.