NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior forward Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season and added an assist to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory against Middlebury College in front of 300 fans at Dayton Arena Friday night.
The Camels, who defeated Middlebury 4-2 at Kenyon Arena back on December 2, take the series sweep of the Panthers.
The hosts improved their record to 4-10-2 with a 2-7-2 mark in the NESCAC. The Panthers fell to 1-14-2 and are 1-10 in conference action.
Rookie forward Liam Ferguson (Orange, Conn.) unloaded with a slap shot from below the left circle with 17:28 remaining in the first period for the Camels but Middlebury College junior net-minder Stephen Klein (Saskatoon, Sask.) was able to close the pads to make the stop. The Camels got on the board 6:34 into the frame. Matt Michaud (South Portland, Maine) entered the zone from the right side and took a wrist shot from near the boards. Junior forward Matt Gaetz (Mississauga, Ont.) pounced on the rebound and went top shelf, burying a slap shot from the high slot to make it a 1-0 game.
Middlebury had their best scoring chance in the closing moments of the first. Junior forward Vincent Gisonti (Montreal, Que.) tried to beat Connecticut College freshman Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ont.) with a wrist shot from the left circle but the rookie net-minder was able to make the save with 8.6 seconds left on the clock.
With 8:05 remaining in the second period, the Camels extended their lead to 2-0. Senior captain Joe Giordano made a move from behind the cage and connected with Belisle, who potted his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Just 13 seconds later, the Camels were on the board again. Belisle won a face-off at the right circle back to Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) who one-timed a slap shot on goal that Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.) was able to redirect past Klein for the Camels to make it a 3-0 contest.
Middlebury finally broke through 1:55 into the third period. Rookie forward Connor Lloyd (Chalfont, Pa.) fired a shot from the point. Senior forward Travis Stephens (Victoria, B.C.) redirected the puck out in front to beat Gobbo and break the shutout. Brett Dineen (Marion, Mass.) also contributed with an assist.
The Panthers emptied their goal with 1:49 remaining in regulation but could not get any closer and the Camels were able to close out the 3-1 victory to take the season sweep of the visitors.
Klein made 37 saves in goal for the Panthers. Gobbo finished with 19 stops in net for the Camels. Connecticut College enjoyed a 40-to-20 advantage on the shot chart.