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Men’s Ice Hockey Blitzes by Middlebury, 5-0, in Home Opener

Men’s Ice Hockey Blitzes by Middlebury, 5-0, in Home Opener

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Freshman Bryan Ackil (Southboro, Mass.) factored into three goals and sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) notched his first career clean sheet between the pipes as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team earned a convincing 5-0 win over Middlebury at Dayton Arena on Friday evening. The Camels scored five times for the second time in three outings and recorded their first shutout in more than two years.

Connecticut College scored twice in the first period and never looked back. After killing off a Middlebury power play, junior Kevin Doyle (Orleans, Mass.) put the hosts on the board by finishing a short pass from freshman Ackil just 5:49 into the game. Senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) then doubled the margin less than five minutes later when he rifled a shot from the slot to put the hosts in control.

With Rodericks keeping the Panthers off the board and turning away everything in sight, the Camel offense continued to explode and scored three more times in the second period to put the game away. Farabee set up markers which were finished by Ackil and Doyle at 6:23 and 15:57 respectively, and the hosts took advantage of a five-minute major and game misconduct issued to Charlie Lawrence for slashing to record their fifth and final goal.

Shortly after Jellison won a faceoff, sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) took a pass from the opposite side of the ice and sealed the final outcome when he rocketed a shot from the left corner and just inside the blue line with just 10 seconds remaining in the period. Senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) was credited with an assist on the play which capped all of the scoring in the contest.

Rodericks picked up his first career shutout victory by making 28 saves for Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 34-28 margin and recorded its first clean sheet as a team since registering a 1-0 win over Middlebury on Nov. 28, 2015. Stephen Klein of Middlebury (0-5, NESCAC 0-3) suffered the loss after redirecting 29 shots.

Connecticut College (2-1, NESCAC 2-1) hosts Williams tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.