BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) netted his first career hat trick to propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a convincing 7-1 road win over Bowdoin at the Sidney J. Watson Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Connecticut College (3-4, NESCAC 3-3) exploded to score four times in the first period and never looked back. Sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) put the Camels on the board at the 7:20 mark by finishing a pass from sophomore Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) before senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Capozzi connected twice to make it 3-0 with markers at 8:03 and 14:08. Sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) then scored just 32 seconds after Capozzi's second marker of the game to give the visitors a commanding four-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
The Polar Bears finally got on the board when Bradley Ingersoll netted a power play goal with 4:10 remaining in the second period, but their hopes of making any kind of a comeback were quickly dashed by the Camels. Senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) found the back of the net just 26 seconds later to make it 5-1 at the time, and freshman Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) added power play tallies in the third to help an improving Camel squad make an early-season statement.
Sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made a season-high 41 saves to earn his third win of the season for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 42-31 margin. Alex Zafonte of Bowdoin (4-6, NESCAC 2-4) was charged with the loss after making nine saves and allowing four goals in less than 15 minutes of action.
Connecticut College will break for final exams and return to action when it faces No. 11 Hobart on Saturday, Dec. 30 at Chelsea Piers in New York City.