NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior William White (Frisco, Texas) found the back of the net just 55 seconds into an extra frame to lift the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Tufts on Saturday evening. With the victory, the Camels qualified for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Tufts (4-12-4, NESCAC 3-8-3) built up a 3-1 lead and appeared to be in full control when Anthony Farinacci scored his third goal of the season at the 8:01 mark of the third period. The Camels, however, staged a furious rally and saw senior Ryan Glantz (Tarzana, Calif.) score his first career goal just nine seconds later to get right back into the game. Sophomore Brenden Russ (Las Vegas, Nev.) then tied the score at 3-3 less than four minutes later by finishing passes from classmate Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) and freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) to eventually force overtime.
After erasing a two-goal deficit, the Camels completed the comeback by scoring on the first shot attempted in overtime. Glantz, who began the rally back in the third, sent the puck up the ice from his team's defensive end which was won by White against a Tufts defender. The junior then skated in and beat goalie Nik Nugnes with a backhander to the to the top shelf of the goal to electrify the home crowd and send the entire team into a frenzy.
After a quiet first period which featured one penalty, Tufts finally ended a scoreless streak which spanned 96:32 between the teams when Brian Brown finished passes from Charley Borek and Mason Babbidge. Edward Hannon then doubled the lead just 17 seconds later, putting the Jumbos in full control at the time before the Camels staged their comeback.
Sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) picked up the victory by making 18 saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the Jumbos by a 14-4 margin after the second period. Nugnes of Tufts suffered the loss after turning away 28 shots.
Connecticut College (9-9-2, NESCAC 8-4-2), which remained in second place in the NESCAC standings, returns to action when it visits Hamilton on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m.