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Connecticut College 4, Wesleyan University 1 Roper Supplies Difference Making Goal for Camels in 2nd Period

Connecticut College 4, Wesleyan University 1 Roper Supplies Difference Making Goal for Camels in 2nd Period
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.  (Jan. 24) - Pulling away from a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play with a pair of second-period tallies, visiting Connecticut College got 30-save goaltending from junior Tom Conlin and added an empty-net goal with :03 remaining to capture a 4-1 NESCAC men's ice hockey victory here today.  
The win, combined with a 5-2 home victory over Wesleyan back on Nov. 16, gave the Camels the season series while improving their record to 7-7-2 on the season, 4-5-1 in the NESCAC.  The Cardinals fell for the 10th straight game this season, dropping to 2-14, 1-9 in the league.
Senior Marc Roper gave the Camels the lead for good just :37 second into the second period, combining with sophomores Joe Giordano and Brian Belisle for the game-winner.  Roper's wrist shot from the top of the left circle beat Wesleyan junior keeper Nolan Daley high through traffic for his second goal of the season.  At the 16:27 mark of the frame, Connecticut College added the insurance goal off the stick of senior Zach Jones, as he tucked the rebound of his own shot under Daley for his fourth of the campaign.  Daley finished the game with 29 saves.
Connecticut College had taken a 1-0 lead at 9:56 of the first period with senior JC Cangelosi scoring his sixth of the year, finishing off a 3-on-1 fast break by converting a pass from junior Joe Birmingham into the 1-0 Camel lead.  Junior Tom DiPretoro picked up his team-leading 10th assist on the play.  Wesleyan evened the count with a power-play goal just six seconds before the end of the first period.  Senior James Albrecht did the honors, knocking the rebound of a sophomore Alex Carlacci shot past Conlin for his second marker of the year.
Connecticut College, which had a slender 33-31 margin in shots in the game, now leads the overall series vs. Wesleyan, 37-21-3, though Wesleyan is 5-3-2 over the last 10 meetings.
Next up for the Cardinals is a trip to Hamilton Fri., Jan. 30 for a NESCAC contest.  
Connecticut also plays Friday, hosting Williams for a 7:00 p.m. game at Dayton Arena.