CLINTON, N.Y. – Sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made a career-high 50 saves and junior William White (Frisco, Texas) scored a shorthanded goal in the third period as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team salvaged a 2-2 tie and gained an important point on the road against Hamilton on Saturday evening.
Hamilton outshot the Camels by a 20-4 margin in the first period and was only able to solve Rodericks once over the 20-minute span. Rodericks saved an initial attempt by Neil Conway, but Brandon Willett was able to collect the rebound and slip the puck past the sophomore netminder to make it 1-0 at the 10:34 mark.
The teams traded goals in the second period with the Camels first netting the equalizer. Sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) won a faceoff and found classmate Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec), who slapped a one timer through traffic to even the score at 10:43. The Continentals, however, capitalized on a power play when Bennett Morrison found the back of the net with 3:31 left to give the hosts a 2-1 edge heading into the second intermission.
In the third period, the opportunistic Camels were able to knot the score for the second time and eventually force overtime despite being outshot by a 14-3 count in the frame. Playing shorthanded, the visitors struck back when junior Kevin Doyle (Orleans, Mass.) won the puck in the corner and found White in the slot for a shot that went over the shoulder of goalie Evan Buitenhuis at 6:41.
Hamilton (13-6-2, NESCAC 7-6-2) continued to send a barrage of shots at Rodericks while dominating play during the five-minute overtime session. Rodericks, however, held his ground and most notably back-to-back point-blank saves 90 seconds into the frame to preserve the tie. The sophomore stuffed a shot taken by Nick Ursitti from the point as well as the rebound attempt which came off the stick of Sam Jones, who was standing all alone outside the crease.
Rodericks made a career-best 50 saves for Connecticut College by stopping 19 shots in the first period, 12 in the second, 14 in the third and five more in overtime. Buitenhuis of Hamilton turned away 14 Camel attempts.
Connecticut College (9-9-3, NESCAC 8-4-3), which remained in second place in the tightly-packed NESCAC standings, concludes its weekend road trip when it visits Amherst tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.