Connecticut College 4, Tufts University 3
Camels Improve to 3-2 in NESCAC with Home Win
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's hockey team scored two goals in a 14 second span of the second period to take control in a 4-3 NESCAC victory against Tufts University played in front of 500 fans at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
The Camels even their record at 3-3 with the victory and are 3-2 in NESCAC play. The Jumbos had their three-game winning streak halted with the setback and are 4-3-1 overall with a 3-2 record in conference action.
J.J. McGregor (Wichita, Kan.) tallied a goal and an assist for the winning side. Sean Curran (Wilmette, Ill.), Ryan Riffe (South Berwick, Maine), and Michael O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) all had goals for the hosts.
Junior Andrew Margolin (Mahwah, N.J.) recorded 27 of his 34 saves in the final two periods of play and mad a game-saving stop on his blocker with 15 seconds remaining in regulation for Connecticut College.
First year forward Kyle Gallegos (Westminster, Colo.) scored a pair of goals to lead the visiting Jumbos in the setback. Nick Pappas (Alpine, N.J.) dished out a pair of assists and Evin Koleini (Clarence, N.Y.) made 27 saves in the contest for the visitors.
Trailing 2-1 in the latter stages of the second period, McGregor made a key play to change the momentum for the home team. In a 4-on-4 situation, McGregor intercepted an outlet pass near the Blue line and skated in for the equalizer.
The Camels controlled the ensuing face-off. Junior Chris Fogg (East Sandwich, Mass.) fired a shot from the left point and Riffe stuffed home the rebound to put the Camels on top for good with the 3-2 edge.
Margolin did his part by protecting the lead and helping the Camels kill off six minutes of penalties in the final 20 minutes of regulation. With 6:12 remaining, Margolin denied Tom DeRosa (Charlestown, Mass.) with a save on a hard wrist shot. After the Camels killed off the third of successive two-minute minors, Lucas Chavira Schramm (Phoeniz, Ariz.) set up the critical fourth goal that proved to be the difference.
Schramm gained control of the puck in the defensive zone and delivered a lead pass to Michael O'Donnell, who went top shelf for a goal on the odd man rush with 8:16 remaining in regulation.
Igor Fedorov (Dix Hills, N.Y.) got one back for Tufts with 3:45 to go. After the visitors took a timeout, they emptied their net with 1:18 left, but Margolin stood tall in the Connecticut College goal.
With 15 seconds to go, the junior net-minder got his blocker on a shot from Zach Diaco (Rumson, N.J.) to preserve the one-goal lead and the Camels were able to clear the puck and hold on for the 4-3 win.
December 11, 2010