WORCESTER – Three second-period goals and four third-period goals by the Connecticut College Camels led them to a 7-1 win over the Becker Hawks on Saturday night.
March 13, 2021
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Conn. College 7 – Becker 1
Records: The Becker College Hawks 1-5-1 | The Connecticut College Camels 3-0-1
With Becker leading 1-0 early in the second period, the Camels got a little puck luck to break into the scoring column, starting the unanswered run of goals for Connecticut College.
Coming out of the defensive zone, a Hawks defenseman attempted a breakout pass from behind the net, but that pass inadvertently hit off Camels freshman Jake Vaughan (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and deflected into the Hawks goal to tie the game at 1-1.
Conn. College would take the lead about 10 minutes later in the second period on the first goal of the season for junior Sam Stone (Middleton, Mass.).
A turnover in the left-wing corner of the Hawks defensive zone allowed Stone to collect the puck and find senior Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) streaking toward goal. Creamer faked a shot, causing Hawks senior goalie Zach Skop (Pittstown, N.J.) to commit to the fake. Creamer slid a pass across the crease to an open Stone, who found the net and gave the Camels a 2-1 lead.
Just 1:32 later, the Camels struck shorthanded on a breakaway by freshman Seth Stadheim (Lyme, N.H.). Stadheim caused a turnover at the top of his defensive zone and was able to skate away from defenders into the Hawks zone. Stadheim finished five-hole on Skop, giving the Camels a 3-1 edge after two periods.
The Hawks goal, which gave them a 1-0 lead at the time, was scored early in the second period on a nice passing combination by sophomore Mikey Wilson (Alexandria, Va.), first-year Tristan Mock (Johnstown, Pa.), and senior Phillip Garcia (Bronx, N.Y.).
Wilson gathered a loose puck in the Hawks offense zone in the left-wing circle and made a short pass to Mock.
Mock originally attempted a shot, but it was blocked by the Camels defense. The puck bounced right back to Mock, who spotted Garcia on the back post and slid him a pass through the slot. Garcia made no mistake on the backhand, lifting the shot over the blocker of Camels freshman goalie Cam Fernandez (Fairfield, Conn.).
The Camels scored four more times in the final period, including a pair of power-play tallies, on their way to the 7-1 win.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Garcia picks up his second goal of the season while Wilson grabs his second assist and Mock gets his first helper of the season.
- Skop made 38 saves on the night but falls to 0-4-0 with the loss.
FOR THE CAMELS
- Vaughan finished the night with two goals and an assist for three points.
- Creamer and senior Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) each finished with three assists.
- Fernandez made 27 saves for the Camels, picking up his second win of the season to move to 2-0-0.
The Hawks finish their shortened season with a home-and-home against Nichols on March 19 and 20. Becker travels to Nichols on March 19 for a 6:40 p.m. game followed by the Hawks hosting the Bison on March 20 at 7:00 p.m.