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Resurgent Men’s Ice Hockey Commences Battle for NESCAC Supremacy on Saturday

Resurgent Men’s Ice Hockey Commences Battle for NESCAC Supremacy on Saturday

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College will be among eight schools competing in the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament beginning this weekend.

The Camels earned the second seed, which is their highest in program history, by only dropping two of their last 13 contests since blanking a nationally-ranked Hamilton squad by a 3-0 decision on Jan. 13. The team will first face seventh-seeded Williams on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, March 4 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

The resurgence of Connecticut College (10-10-4, NESCAC 9-5-4) starts with its goaltending. Sophomore netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) boasts a .938 save percentage and has turned away an eye-opening 588 shots, which most notably included a 50-save performance in a 2-2 draw with Hamilton on Feb. 10. He has also blanked three opponents this winter.

Up front, the Camels boast one of the most lethal lines in the league which happens to consist completely of underclassmen. Sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) has a team-leading 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists, while classmate Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) has found the back of the net seven times and assisted on 13 other markers to date this winter. Freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) has tallied 10 goals and nine helpers for 19 points.

Williams (13-10-1, NESCAC 9-8-1) is making its 19th straight appearance in the NESCAC Tournament. The Ephs are tied for first in the league with 19 power play goals, which includes netting four of their seven goals with a man advantage in a 7-2 win over Camels at Dayton Arena earlier this season. Roberto Cellini has registered a team-leading 21 points on seven goals to go along with 14 assists, and C.J. Shugart has found the back of the net 12 times.

Defensively, the Ephs have platooned Michael Pinios and Stephen Morrissey between the pipes. Morrisssey has the better numbers, which includes putting together a .922 save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average over 12 appearances and 11 starts.

Anyone who is unable to make any of the trips can look at the tournament schedule below for following the quarterfinal matches online.

 

Matchup

Location

Time

Links

#1 Trinity vs. #8 Tufts

Hartford, Conn.

1:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#2 Conn. College vs. #7 Williams

New London, Conn.

4:30 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#3 Amherst vs. #6 Colby

Amherst, Mass.

6:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#4 Hamilton vs. #5 Wesleyan

Clinton, N.Y.

4:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video