Ephs Fall at Connecticut College 3-1

Craig Kitto '15 by Bob Ewell
Craig Kitto '15 by Bob Ewell

 

NEW LONDON, CT -- The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team (8-7-2/5-5-1 NESCAC) scored a goal in each period in downing visiting Williams (11-4-2/7-3-1 NESCAC).

The loss ended a three-game win streak by the Ephs and dropped the Ephs from second place to third in NESCAC.

The Camels netted the first goal of the game at 16:37 of the first period taking advantage of an interference penalty on the Ephs' Greg Johnson and registering a power play goal. Ryan Mowery converted off a feed from Mason Evans.

Connecticut took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Ephs fired 10 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes of play, while the Camels had 11.

The Ephs tied the game in the second period on an even strength goal by Craig Kitto who scored at 12:58. The tally by Kitto was his 10th of the year and Colby Cretella and David Italiano were credited with assists.

Just 3:31 after the Kitto goal Connecticut's Brian Belisle netted his first goal of the season and Ryan Mowry assisted. The Belisle goal would prove to be the game-winner.

Both teams had nine shots on goal in the penalty-free second stanza and the Camels took a 2-1 lead into the second break.

The third period saw the Ephs out shoot the Camels 12-6, but the Ephs could not solve Conlin in net. Connecticut's JC Cangelosi scored an insurance goal at 15:47 to make the final score 3-1. Tim DiPretoro assisted on the Cangelosi tally.

On the night Connecticut goalie Tom Conlin turned aside 30 of the 31 Eph shots, while Eph netminder Sean Dougherty made 24 saves.

"I give Connecticut College a lot of credit," said Eph head coach Bill Kangas. "I thought they played well and they are good, having already beaten UMass Boston and Amherst this season. Our league is really tough. You have to be ready to play every game."

"We have to keep doing the things we did well tonight tomorrow afternoon and match the intensity of Tufts because there are still two points out there this weekend," concluded Kangas.

The Ephs return to action tomorrow for another NESCAC contest when they travel to Tufts and take on the Jumbos at 4:00 PM. Tufts is coming into that contest off a 2-1 upset of Middlebury tonight.