RYE, N.Y. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference game to Manhattanville College by a 2-1 score at the Playland Ice Casino on Tuesday evening.
Manhattanville (6-4-2) attempted the first six shots of the contest, including three on target, but the Camels were able to open the scoring by capitalizing on their first play opportunity. Freshman Paul Capozzi unleashed a shot from the top of the slot to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage seven minutes into the game, while sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux) and senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) were credited with assists on the play.
Capozzi nearly doubled the margin when he came flying down the right side of the ice in transition and had an open look at the net at the midway point of the frame. His shot, however, was deflected away by goalie Tyler Feaver. Camel netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.), meanwhile, made 13 saves on the other end to keep the visitors ahead by a 1-0 score at the first intermission.
The Valiants were able to net the equalizer by capitalizing on special teams themselves. Just six seconds into a power play, Bryan Platt took the puck after Cory Anderson won a faceoff and rifled it into the top shelf of the net at the 10:43 mark of the frame.
Both teams had chances to move ahead before the second intermission, beginning when sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) and junior Kevin Doyle (Orleans, Mass.) came in on a 2-on-1 opportunity with just over two minutes remaining. Petti's shot, however, was stopped by Feaver and the rebound that Doyle was looking for went behind the net. A hard wrister by Manhattanville's Stephen Gaul was saved by Rodericks shortly afterwards, and the teams headed into the locker rooms deadlocked at 1-1.
Manhattanville, which had a 73-33 advantage in total shots during the contest, quickly took its first lead of the game at the 5:37 mark of the third period. After misfiring on one attempt, Platt struck again by netting an unassisted tally on a shot that saw a dancing puck take a friendly Valiant bounce and make its way into the corner of the net.
The Valiants nearly doubled their lead with under seven minutes remaining, but Jeff Beck's rocket clanked off the pipe and was cleared away. The Camels couldn't capitalize on any of their opportunities at the other end, and the hosts survived to walk away with the one-goal triumph.
Feaver of Manhattanville made 25 saves between the pipes to pick up the victory, while Rodericks turned aside 39 shots in the losing effort for the Camels.
Connecticut College (3-6) will next trek to the Warrior Ice Arena to compete in the Boston Landing Invitational over the weekend. The Camels will open up tournament play against Elmira on Friday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and then face either Nichols or St. Thomas a day later.