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Plattsburgh State Downs Men's Ice Hockey, 5-2, at W.B. Mason Winter Classic Tournament

Steven Senese
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team fell to Plattsburgh State by a 5-2 score in the opening game of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic for both schools on Friday evening.

Plattsburgh State (6-5-1) netted three straight goals in a span of 1:29 during the late stages of the second period, and the Camels would never be able to recover from the large deficit. Mike Falanga put the Cardinals on the board at the 15:37 mark, Charles Barber doubled the margin just 20 seconds later, and Jesse Neher added insurance.

Connecticut College answered when junior Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) found Steven Senese (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) at the 17:22 mark of the opening period, but the Cardinals got back-to-back markers off the stick of Ryan Kuhn to pull away. After the hosts capitalized on one of their nine power play opportunities to break out to a 5-1 advantage midway through the second, sophomore Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished a pass from Senese to produce the final outcome. The teams played a scoreless third period to close out the evening.

Lawson Fenton picked up the victory between the pipes for Plattsburgh State by turning away 31 Camel shots, while junior netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made a season-high 39 saves for the visitors.

Connecticut College (3-7-1) faces off with Manhattanville in the tournament's consolation game tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. The Camels will have the opportunity to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Valiants from earlier this season.