No.11/15 Neumann Caps Third Period Charge to Tie 3-3 against Men’s Hockey

BEVERLY- No. 11/15 nationally ranked Neumann erased a three-goal deficit late in the contest to earn a 3-3 tie against Tufts men's hockey in the Endicott Invitational Consolation match on Sunday afternoon.

 Junior goalie Nik Nugnes saved 46 shots in the draw

With the draw, the Jumbos are now 6-3-2 overall while the Knights are 10-4-2 on the season.

Tufts raced out to a three-goal lead in the first period as freshman Machlan Sawden started the offensive outburst with a pass from the left wing to senior Conal Lynch who quickly dished into the slot where freshman Cory Gottfried scored into the top right corner of the goal with 1:26 into the first.

The Jumbos then made it 2-0 at 10:40 with a fast break opportunity as sophomore Jefferson Martin broke out a crisp pass to freshman Tyler Scroggins from the left face-off to feed it off to the slot for junior Brian Brown slapped it into the top right corner of the goal.

Sophomore Nick Balboa then completed the three-goal frame with one minute to play when he stole the puck in front of the goal, made a swift move to net, and snuck a shot inside the left post.

With a scoreless second period, junior goaltender Nik Nugnes' diving save on senior Johnasses Sallila shot from right side at 12-minute mark served as the lone highlight of the second stanza.

Meanwhile, Neumann started its third period run with senior Shane Topf's wrap-around pass to the top left corner of the blue line where freshman Matt Gerber blasted a slap shot into the right side of the net to put the score at 3-1 at the 2:18 point.

Five minutes later, a short-handed tally was scored by senior Jory Mullin from a give-and-go pass from senior Ryan Luiten and senior Lauri Viitaen at the 7:14 mark of the third period to decrease the deficit down to one.

Mullin then scored his second goal of the game on a power-play opportunity at 16:20 to tie the game which was orchestrated by an initial shot by junior Liam Board at the right point that went off a rebound to Luiten.

Neither team generated any scoring chances in overtime which eventually led to the tie.

Nugnes made 46 saves, while freshman Anthony Puppolo finished the game with 33 saves.

The Jumbos return home on Tuesday to play St. Michael's for a 7 p.m. start at Valley Forum II. The Knights travel up to New York to battle Morrisville State on Friday at 4 p.m.

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