Hockey Opens Endicott Holiday Invitational with Loss Against Plymouth State, 3-2

BEVERLY - The Tufts University men's ice hockey team suffered a 3-2 loss against Plymouth State in the first annual Endicott Holiday Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Machlan Sawden recorded his second goal of the season

The Jumbos take their third loss of the season to put the team at 6-3-1 overall while Plymouth State wins their seventh game.

Plymouth sophomore Ludvig Steenberg went up the right wing and dropped a pass back into the slot to senior Dan Dupell who scored a back-hand goal into the top right corner of the net at 17:41 of the first period. The Panthers out-shot the Jumbos 18-4 in the first period while Tufts senior goalie Mason Pulde saved 17 shots.

Nine minutes into the match for Tufts, junior Brian Brown had a close attempt after Anthony Farinacci and Tyler Scroggins broke in and dished the puck to Brown whose shot klinked off the crossbar.

Tufts would respond in the second with a one-timer from the slot by freshman Machlan Sawden after taking a pass from behind the net from freshman Ross Delabruere. The possession was started from the left wing by senior Matt Pugh and the goal came at 7:06 of the second period.

Plymouth State sophomore Matt Volonnino passed it from the far blue line to sophomore Ryan Stevens on the right side to create a fast-break opportunity which led to a back-hander goal into the left corner of the cage with 37 seconds left in the second period to put the team at a 2-1 lead.

Pulde recorded a big right pad save in the 17th minute of the third period from a sophomore Michael Covach shot. Tufts had a close attempt with Scroggins' post shot from the right side off a pass by Brown with five minutes left in regulation.

On a Panthers power-play opportunity, Stevens went in for a shot in the left face-off circle that resulted in a free puck in front of the net for senior captain Michael Economos to snap a shot into the left side of the goal to extend the lead to 3-1 at 18:32 of the third period.

Pulde came out with 30 seconds before the end of the game for the Jumbos, and with one second left on the clock Tufts sophomore Nick Balboa snapped a goal from the left red line. Assists went to sophomore Clay Berger and Kavanagh to put the final at 3-2.

Tufts won the face-off battle 31-29 while going 0-for-3 on power play opportunities. Plymouth State went 1-for-3 on the man-advantage chances.

The Jumbos compete against No.11/15 Neumann in the Endicott Holiday Invitational consolation game on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Panthers return to Raymond J. Bourque Ice Arena tomorrow in the championship match against host Endicott College at 3:30 p.m.