PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Junior Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) scored his fourth goal of the season and classmate Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario) made 37 saves between the pipes as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team recorded a 1-0 victory over Manhattanville in the consolation game of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic at Plattsburgh State on Saturday afternoon.
With Gobbo beginning the process of putting together his first shutout of the season, Moreau potted the only goal the Camels would need just 5:13 into the contest. Sophomore Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) one-timed a shot from the right point that bounced off the boards, and Moreau was able to redirect the puck in midair past Valiant netminder Tyler Feaver.
Connecticut College had plenty of opportunities to light the lamp again, especially on special teams, and most notably when they gained a 5-on-3 advantage in the waning minutes of the first. However, shot attempts by sophomores Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) and Kyle Moss (Sutton, Mass.) were saved by Feaver and blocked by a Valiant defender.
Manhattanville (7-4-2) continued to attempt to net the equalizer throughout the second period and went on three power plays. But Gobbo and the Camel defense held their ground in each situation. Two shot attempts by the Valiants were blocked and saved on the first Valiant power play opportunity that occurred at 8:11, and Gobbo turned away a combined four additional attempts in the next two shorthanded situations later in the frame.
With Camels continuing to lead by a 1-0 score, the Valiants made one final push by pulling Feaver out of the net in the final minute. They peppered Gobbo with five shots, but three of them were saved and another two were blocked by sophomore Greg Pezza (Greenville, R.I.) and senior William White (Frisco, Texas) to secure the victory.
Gobbo made 37 stops, including 16 in the third period, to earn the first clean sheet of his career for Connecticut College, which avenged a 3-1 loss to the Valiants when the teams met at Dayton Arena earlier this season. He also landed on the all-tournament team for his efforts. Feaver of Manhattanville, meanwhile, finished with 24 saves in the setback.
Connecticut College (4-7-1) resumes NESCAC action when it visits Hamilton on Friday evening at 7 p.m.