MALDEN, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team played Tufts to a 0-0 scoreless deadlock at Valley Forum on Friday evening. The Camels, who extended their unbeaten streak on the road to three consecutive games, maintained their grasp of second place in the NESCAC standings by blanking their third opponent this winter.
The goalies took center stage during an evening which was filled with scoring chances for both teams. Camel sophomore netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) came through in the early stages by turning away a shot by Charley Borek that glanced off the post after the redirection. Shortly afterwards, a wide-open Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) had a point-blank look at the net, but the senior's shot sailed wide.
In the second period, the Camels nearly got on the board again when sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) found classmate Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) on a line change. Moreau passed it back to Petti with hopes of scoring in highlight-reel fashion, but Jumbo goalie Nik Nugnes read the play well and stuffed the ensuing attempt. Rodericks then did his part to keep the game scoreless, stopping a hard shot by an uncovered Tyler Scroggins.
Tufts (4-11-4, NESCAC 3-7-3) held a slim 10-8 shot advantage in the third before the visitors had the 3-1 edge in the five-minute overtime period. However, both teams were unable to find the back of the net and settled for the tie and an important point for each of them in the standings. The Camels remained in second place with Wesleyan still hot on their heels, while the Jumbos moved up to eighth for what would be the final playoff spot.
Rodericks made 25 saves to earn his third clean sheet between the pipes for Connecticut College. Nugnes of Tufts redirected 24 shots to pick up his second shutout of the year.
Connecticut College (8-9-2, NESCAC 7-4-2), which is unbeaten in seven of its last eight games, will host Tufts tomorrow night for its 7th Annual "Green Dot Game" beginning at 7:00 p.m.