RYE, N.Y. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dropped a heated non-conference matchup against Manhattanville by a 3-2 score at the Playland Ice Casino on Saturday evening. In a game that featured a combined 27 minutes of penalties, the Valiants capitalized on a pair of power play opportunities with under six minutes remaining in regulation to rally from behind after yielding the first two goals of the game.
Manhattanville (4-5-1) unleashed the first eight shots of the contest and also went on a power play just 13 seconds into the contest, but it was Connecticut College that lit the lamp first. Senior captain Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) had the puck at a tough angle on the right side near the boards and backhanded it towards the net. Netminder Mac Vail appeared to routinely stop the puck, but it was able to trickle across the goal line to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage with 12:58 on the clock. Senior Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario) most notably stuffed a great scoring opportunity by Tristan Rampage in the final minute, and the Camels went into the first intermission ahead by one.
The hosts outshot the Camels by a 9-8 margin and had plenty of excellent scoring opportunities despite being whistled for three penalties, but Gobbo continued to be impenetrable through 40 minutes of action. The Camels then cashed in following another Valiant penalty at the 6:04 mark of the third, as sophomore Chris Adamsons (Portland, Conn.) won a loose puck following an initial shot taken by senior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.).
The Camels continued to appear to be in control when Manhattanville's Connor Boyce was called off the ice with a five-minute major for boarding. However, the power play was mitigated by a Camel being sent to the box, and the Valiants cashed in with more ice available and the teams playing 4-on-4. Noah Bradley finished a pass from Ryan Jackson at 8:08 to slice the margin in half.
Manhattanville had its chances to tie the game, which included gaining a 5-on-3 advantage when two Camels were issued penalties just 1:20 apart, and the Valiants took full advantage of the opportunity by scoring twice. The hosts knotted the score when Nikki Happo passed on a shot from the slot and found Bradley to his right to tie the game at 14:33 during the 5-on-3, and Glynn Robitaille capitalized in transition just 1:14 later with the Valiants playing with a one-man advantage.
Connecticut College tried to tie the game to force overtime by pulling Gobbo with 1:12 left. The Camels maintained possession in their offensive end by winning two faceoffs and attempting another shot, but nothing got past Vail. The Valiants cleared the puck three times with the extra Camel skater on the ice to clinch the come-from-behind win.
Vail turned away 22 shots to pick up the win for Manhattanville, while the Camels' Gobbo made 26 saves in the defeat.
Connecticut College (2-4) closes out the fall semester on the road in Maine. The Camels will first face Bowdoin on Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Colby a day later.