Camels Host Williams Friday Night for Season Opener
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men´s hockey team will host William College Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in their home opener. Head coach Jim Ward and the Camels anticipate a capacity crowd of 800 at Dayton Arena and why shouldn´t they? They were a difficult team to beat on their home sheet in 2008-2009 with an impressive 9-2-2 record in New London. Ward returns 22 of 28 players to a squad that went 13-9-3 a year ago.
"Our fans are loud and have fun," Ward said. "Their spirit makes Dayton Arena, in our opinion, the best home rink in our conference."
Senior Greg Parker (Trenton, Ont.) has been the catalyst in the team´s success, helping lead the Camels to three consecutive post-season appearances in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Parker is closing in on another career milestone with 1924 saves and carries a 2.74 goals against average and a .918 save percentage into his senior season for the Camels.
Sean Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.), a second year captain and leader on and off the ice for the Camels, won 65% of his face-offs a year ago while contributing nine goals, eight assists and 17 points in a productive junior campaign.
Trevor Bradley (West Hartford, Conn.), a 2009 All-NESCAC forward, and Brett Moore (Medfield, Mass.), a 2009 semi-finalist for the Joe Concannon Award, shared the team lead with eight goals, 15 assists and 23 points and will both be looking to make immediate contributions this weekend. Ryan Howarth (Grand Blanc, Mich.) accounted for 10 goals last season and is one of the more cerebral players in the league, who can wreak havoc on the opposition with his ability to maneuver in the slot.
Senior Ryan Joyce (Dorchester, Mass.) is a strong, physical defenseman, who is an excellent distributor of the puck. The Camels will also be bolstered by the return of junior defenseman Sean Tuohy (Salisbury Mills, N.Y.), who missed the bulk of the 2008-2009 season with a broken wrist.
NESCAC action will continue Saturday afternoon when the Camels will host seventh ranked Middlebury College in at 3:00 p.m. game.
November 18, 2009