MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Ryan Petti came through in the clutch for the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team on Friday evening, as he scored a pair of late third-period goals, including the game winner with 4:10 left in regulation during a 5-3 win over Wesleyan University at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) rallied from a pair of deficits during their season opener, as they knotted the game at 2-2 with 11:04 left in the third on a man-advantage goal by senior forward Dylan Holze, assisted by sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt and junior defenseman Sean Ross. Holze was exceptional last winter, as he was tied for first on the team with nine goals and checked in at the No. 3 slot with 20 points.
- The Camels (1-0-0, 1-0-0 in NESCAC) barely allowed Wesleyan to celebrate its goal, as sophomore forward Jacob Moreau sent his second goal of the night into the back of the net 16 seconds later, assisted by freshman forward Paul Capozzi and senior forward Chris Jellison. Wyatt, who finished with three goals and 10 assists last year, answered for the hosts at the 12:13 mark, finishing off a feed from freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi and sophomore forward Spencer Fox, which tied the game, 3-3.
- Petti proceeded to beat Cardinals junior goalkeeper George Blinick on a shot from the right wing off a pass from sophomore defenseman Rory Garlasco with 4:10 left, as the tally stood up as the game-winning marker. Wesleyan pulled its netminder in the final minute and gained some offensive-zone time, but Petti used a nifty move in the offensive zone to allude a Cardinal defender, and then slid the insurance marker into the empty net, with assists credited to sophomore forward Jeff Thompson and freshman forward Greg Pezza.
- Junior forward Jake Farabee and Jellison set up Moreau with a strong scoring opportunity midway through the first, and the forward proceeded to net his fifth collegiate goal, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead 9:47 into the first. Connecticut College claimed a two-goal cushion with 8:05 left in the opening period, as Pezza found the back of the net, assisted by Thompson and Petti.
- Wesleyan answered with back-to-back goals, as the first one came in the waning moments of the first, as Holze scored, with assists going to senior captain and defenseman Theo Tydingco and Wyatt.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore goalie Connor Rodericks was strong during the course of the game for the Camels, notching a game-high 38 stops, including turning away an astounding 20 shots in the second.
- Blinick made 26 stops in net for Wesleyan, and he will look to build off an impressive 2016-17 campaign, which consisted of a 5-3-1 record, and team highs in goals-against average (1.66) and save percentage (.944).
- Wesleyan held a 41-31 edge in shots, and the hosts went 1-for-6 on the power play and the visitors tallied a 1-for-3 showing. Connecticut College was hit with seven minor penalties, and the hosts were ticketed with three infractions for a total of six minutes.
- The Camels, who are 38-23-5 all time against the Cardinals, posted their first win in the rivalry since Jan. 24, 2015. Prior to tonight's contest, Wesleyan was riding a four-game unbeaten streak in the series, including starting the 2016-17 campaign with a 3-1 triumph in New London, Conn.
- The Cardinals will look to build off the lessons they learned tonight, and apply them to tomorrow afternoon's 3 p.m. showdown against NESCAC-foe Tufts at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.