NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) scored twice in the opening minutes of the first period as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team played Colby to a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday evening at Dayton Arena. The Camels ended the evening tied for third place in the jam-packed NESCAC standings with one regular season game left.
Moreau scored two quick goals from nearly the same spot of the ice to put the Camels in control. He first took a feed from freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) at the 3:46 mark and then finished a pass from sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) just 2:27 later.
Colby (11-10-2, NESCAC 8-7-2), however, did not waste any time making its comeback. After a Camel was sent off the ice for high sticking, Phil Klitirinos put the Mules on the board when he flipped the puck over the shoulder of sophomore goalie Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) with 10:32 on the clock. Nick O'Connor made a strong bid to tie the score before the period was over, but his shot attempt hit off the right pipe.
The Mules eventually netted the equalizer they were looking for during a delayed penalty call. Skating with an extra attacker, Justin Grillo fired a shot past Rodericks which made it 2-2 at the 16:29 mark of the second.
Connecticut College (9-10-4, NESCAC 8-5-4) had a golden opportunity to win the game while playing shorthanded late in the third period. Junior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) was awarded a penalty shot with 4:38 left to play when he stole a cross-ice pass and was tripped up by Thomas Stahlhut while skating in alone against an unprotected Sean Lawrence. Thompson tried to to slip the puck into the low right corner of the net, but his attempt was blocked by the Mule netminder. The Camels then dodged a bullet when J.P. Schulen rocketed a shot that glanced off the right pipe, and the game ended in a tie.
Rodericks and Lawrence made 35 saves apiece in the evenly played matchup between two teams fighting for seeding in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Camels had a slight edge in total shots attempted, 61-59, while the Mules won 48 of the 78 faceoffs.
Connecticut College will wrap up the regular season and look to clinch home ice for the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Tournament when it hosts Bowdoin tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The Camels will also recognize its five-member senior class prior to the game.