MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Anthony Farinacci had a goal and an assist while sophomore goalie Drew Hotte made 21 saves for his first career shutout as the Jumbo men's hockey team took its first victory of the season, 3-0, at St. Anselm College on Friday afternoon.
|Sophomore goalie Drew Hotte recorded his first career shutout|
Tufts scored twice in the first period to gain an advantage, then Hotte and the defense took it from there. The Jumbos secured the shutout allowing just 21 shots on net. St. Anselm, the Northeast 10 Conference champions a year ago, was shut out for the first time since December of last season.
Hotte made five stops in the first period, nine in the second and then finished off the shutout with seven in the third. He improved his save percentage for the season to .942 and lowered his goals against average to a 1.78 mark.
In the 13th minute of action, a good forecheck by the Jumbos kept St. Anselm from clearing the puck and it went to freshman defenseman Rune Kirby at the left point. He threw it into a pack in front of the net and it got past Hawks goalie Colin Soucy for a 1-0 Tufts lead.
Less than two minutes later on a Tufts break-out, freshman Trevor Spence raced up the middle of the ice and dished left to Farinacci who beat his man at the top of the face-off circle and sent a wrist shot past Soucy at 5:48 of the opening period for a 2-0 score.
The Jumbos would add to their lead with just 28 seconds remaining in the second period. Following some activity in the Jumbo end including a save by Hotte, Farinacci won a puck at the defensive blue line and freshman Nick Schultze hustled up the middle to turn it into a two on one. After crossing into the offensive zone, Farinacci slid the puck over to Schultze who made a move to his right and beat Soucy for his first collegiate goal. Junior Jordan Haney also had an assist on the goal.
Tufts finished with a slight 32-29 edge in face-off wins, led by an 11 for 16 performance from junior Ross Delabruere. Five of Tufts' 16 blocked shots were by sophomore Peter Hatton. The Jumbos out-shot the Hawks 25-21.
Jeremy Carignan won 10 of his 19 face-offs for the hosts. Bryan Green blocked three shots for the Hawks, who got 22 saves from Soucy.
No penalties were whistled against either team in the game.
The Jumbos return to action at home on Tuesday night against St. Michael's College with a 7 pm puck-drop. St. A's travels to Wesleyan for a game tomorrow night.