MALDEN – Sophomore Matt Creamer finished with two goals and an assist while junior goalie Avery Gobbo recorded his second career shutout in Connecticut College's 4-0 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC men's hockey game Friday evening.
|Ross Delabruere won 11 face-offs for the Jumbos|
The win is the Camels' first in NESCAC this season as they improved to 5-13-1 overall and 1-11-1 in the conference. The Jumbos dropped to 5-12-2 and 2-9-2 NESCAC.
Gobbo made 24 saves (11 in the third period) to blank the Jumbos and give the Camels their first conference shutout since January 2018. He had earned his first career shutout on January 5 of this year with a 1-0 win over Manhattanville (37 saves).
Creamer got it going for the Camels tonight when he scored off a pass from junior Liam Ferguson amidst a scramble in front of the Jumbo goal just 2:17 into the first period.
After both teams killed a power-play in the period, Connecticut College went up 2-0 when sophomore defenseman Kyle Moss found junior Ryan Petti uncovered in front of the goal. Petti snapped a shot past Jumbo goalie Josh Sarlo at 16:05.
Tufts changed goalies for the second period, bringing in sophomore Drew Hotte. The hosts had a strong chance right away as junior Tyler Scroggins charged the net from the left side, but Gobbo had things covered and made the save.
Hotte would come up big for the Jumbos on a Camels power play when he denied Greg Pezza from point-blank. Later on a Jumbo power-play, Hotte again made a key save when Chris Adamsons stole the puck in the Jumbo zone and put a strong shot on net shorthanded.
However, the Camels would get to a 3-0 advantage 11 minutes into the second when Creamer swooped in on goal from the right side and beat Hotte for his second goal of the game. Junior Jacob Moreau got an assist.
Hotte kept the difference at 3-0 on a Connecticut College power play with a blocker save when Anthony Quatieri broke in early in the third period. Tufts freshman Justin Brandt hit the post as the Jumbos looked to get onto the scoreboard eight minutes into the frame.
Tufts would be penalized seven times in the game compared to two calls on the Camels. The visitors finally broke through on the power play when they had a five-on-three advantage. Quatieri scored off a pass from Creamer at 10:14 to make it 4-0 Camels.
Connecticut College finished with a 28-24 advantage in shots. Hotte made 19 saves in relief of Sarlo for the Jumbos.
The teams turn around and play at Connecticut College tomorrow night in a 7 pm start.