Connecticut College 5, New England College 2 Curran Tallies Hat Trick for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior forward Sean Curran (Wilmette, Ill.) tallied a hat trick to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team (2-2) to a 5-2 victory against New England College (2-3) in an ECAC East/NESCAC crossover game played at Dayton Arena Saturday. Curran scored the only goal in the opening period and added two more in the second to lead the Camels with the trifecta. He has notched nine points in the first four games of the year with five goals and four assists. Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and Greg Lever (Orangeville, Ontario) added insurance markers in the third period for the hosts. Junior net-minder Andrew Margolin (Mahwah, N.J.) collected 21 of his 28 saves in the final two periods of action to earn the victory. Niko and Aki Uola of Turku, Finland both provided third period scores in the second straight setback for the Pilgrims. Matt Mule (Simsbury, Conn.) made 23 saves for the visitors. The Pilgrims held a 7-to-6 shot advantage in the opening period of action and nearly scored first when Aki Uola fired a hard shot on Margolin with 4:22 remaining but the junior goaltender was able to make the save. With 2:14 remaining in the first, Curran went top shelf with a shot from inside the right circle to vault the Camels out to a 1-0 advantage. Junior defender Chris Fogg (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) assisted on the score for the hosts. In the early stages of the middle period, Curran out-hustled the NEC defense for a loose puck and made a nifty looking wraparound move for a goal with 17:04 to go. Later on in the period, Curran extended the Camel lead to 3-0 in a 5-on-3 situation with a shot from the high slot. While Curran was executing at one end of the ice, Margolin was doing his part between the pipes. The Camel backstop thwarted another scoring bid from Niko Uola with a diving stab on a shot from the left circle with 6:46 remaining. The Camels carried their 3-0 advantage into the final intermission. Connecticut College added an insurance goal at 3:18 of the third. Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.) launched a shot from the point and Veronesi re-directed into the net for his first collegiate goal. Niko Uola finally got the visitors on the board at 5:29 of the third. But the Camels regained their four goal advantage when Greg Lever (Orangeville, Ontario) went to his backhand for a goal with 9:06 remaining. The Camels were able to hold on for the 5-2 victory.

December 4, 2010

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