Farinacci's Goal Gives Tufts Hockey 2-2 Tie with Saint Michael's

MEDFORD - Tufts University freshman Anthony Farinacci scored at 7:19 of the third period to give the Jumbo men's hockey team an eventual 2-2 tie with visiting Saint Michael's College in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at Valley Forum.

Freshman Cory Gottfried assisted on both Tufts goals

Freshman defenseman Cory Gottfried assisted on both goals as the Jumbos' record moved to 6-3-3 overall. Tufts is 1-2-2 since making a 5-1-1 start to the season.

Purple Knights sophomore goalie Chris Johnson, who has played every minute in goal through 14 games this season, made 39 saves for the visitors. Saint Michael's (4-8-2) is now 2-1-2 in their last five.

A lackluster first period seemed destined to go scoreless, but Jumbo freshman defenseman Jordan Haney scored a power play goal from the right point with just 34 seconds remaining to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. The tally was the first of his collegiate career. Tufts senior goalie Mason Pulde stopped all 14 shots he faced in the first.

Saint Michael's would turn the game around by scoring twice in the second period. Sophomore Sam D'Antuono snapped a shot past Pulde into the top right corner of the net just 15 seconds into the stanza to tie the game. Then with seven minutes left in the second, senior Connor Mitchell scored just one second after the release of a Purple Knights penalty to give Saint Michael's a 2-1 advantage. Johnson was excellent in the period with 19 saves.

Into the third, the Jumbos would get the equalizer as a shot from the point by Gottfried was pin-balled from junior Brian Brown to Farinacci with 12:41 on the third-period clock.

Pulde would preserve the lead later in the period when Purple Knight Josh Dickman rolled out from behind the net for an open look that the Tufts senior saved.

Into the overtime period, the Jumbos peppered Johnson with five shots. However, he was on the spot each time to earn his team a draw.

The Jumbos finished with a 41-30 shots advantage and had five power plays (scoring once) to three for the Purple Knights. Pulde finished with 29 saves.

The visitors won 49 of 81 face-offs led by 15 victories against just three losses at the dot by junior Eric Salzillo.

Tufts hits the road for NESCAC action at Amherst on Friday at 7 pm. The Purple Knights also play on Friday at Southern Maine for a New England Hockey Conference game.

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