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Men's Ice Hockey Earns Rousing 5-1 Victory Over Nichols

Jeff Thompson
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) found the back of the net twice in leading the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a rousing 5-1 victory over Nichols at Dayton Arena on Sunday evening.
Connecticut College scored the first four goals of the game over all three periods and never looked back. Sophomore Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) broke the scoreless deadlock at the tail end of the opening frame. The forward stole the puck from a Bison defender at the blue line in the visitor's offensive end and finished with a shot to the top shelf over goaltender Henry Burns' right shoulder on a breakaway with 2:21 remaining to give the hosts a 1-0 edge through one period of action. 

Capozzi then helped the Camels double their lead in the waning minutes of the second period when he sent a cross ice pass from the right corner that was potted by freshman Steven Senese (Niagara Falls, N.Y.). The marker, which was also scored in transition in the 18th minute of the frame, was also the first of Senese's career.

The hosts continued to stay hot offensively and added two insurance markers shortly afterwards. Sophomore Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) buried a cross ice pass from sophomore Greg Pezza (Greenville, R.I.) from nearly the same spot just 1:35 after Senese's goal to give the Camels a 3-0 advantage by the second intermission, and Thompson put things away with a shot to the upper 90 from a tough angle in the right corner at the 1:38 mark of the third. The senior took the puck off a face off which was won by freshman Kyle Shero (Westwood, Mass.), beat a Bison defender and then lifted the puck past Burns for the team's third goal in a span of 4:32 to put the game out of reach.

After Nichols (6-5-1) got on the board to avoid the shutout, Thompson also sealed the final outcome by scoring on an empty net with 10.8 seconds left, giving the hosts their third non-conference win of the season against an opponent which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.

Junior Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) picked up the victory between the pipes for Connecticut College by making 31 saves. Burns of Nichols (6-5-1) turned away 30 shots in the defeat.

Connecticut College (3-6-1) will next trek to the North Country of New York to compete in a two-day tournament at Plattsburgh State. The Camels will first face the host Cardinals on Friday evening at 7 p.m.