NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Tufts University with a 2-1 win in NESCAC action on Saturday night at Dayton Arena.
|Hayden Smith won a face-off before assisting on Tufts' goal|
The Camels, who won 4-0 at Tufts on Friday night, improved to 2-11-1 in the league and 6-13-1 overall. The Jumbos dropped to 5-13-2 and 2-10-2 NESCAC.
The hosts didn't waste any time grabbing the lead. Steven Senese won the opening face-off for the Camels and they took possession in the Jumbo end. During action in front of the Tufts goal, the puck squirted to Senese at the right post and he had open net to score into with just 24 seconds elapsed. Matt Creamer and Brett Stirling earned assists.
Tufts would even the score at the other end of the first period. Sophomore Hayden Smith won a face-off in the Conneticut College end and pushed the puck over to the right wing where sophomore Charley Borek sent a shot past Camel goalie Avery Gobbo and made it a 1-1 game at 17:26 of the opening stanza.
Connecticut College would take the lead for good on a power-play goal late in the second period. From the right point, Stirling sent the puck into Anthony Quatieri deep on the right side. He back-handed a pass to Creamer in the slot and his shot beat Tufts goalie Drew Hotte at the 16:01 mark.
In a scoreless third period, Tufts had a 13-3 edge in shots. They played the final 1:49 with their goalie pulled for an extra man, but could not score the equalizer.
Creamer, who had two goals and an assist in the Camels' 4-0 win on Friday night, finished the weekend with three goals and two assists as he recorded one and one tonight. Stirling assisted on both Camel goals this evening. Gobbo finished with 26 saves, including 13 in the third period. Dan Driscoll blocked four shots for the Camels.
Hotte made 25 stops in goal for the Jumbos, while junior defenseman Jordan Haney blocked three shots. Borek's goal was his fourth of the year.
Shots finished at an even 27-27. The hosts scored once on five man-advantages while the Jumbos were 0 for 4 on power plays.
Tufts hosts Amherst College next Friday night at 7 pm in their next game. The Camels host Hamilton College that evening.