Hockey Breaks Out for 6-2 NESCAC Victory at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN – The Tufts University hockey team posted an impressive 6-2 NESCAC win at Williams College on Friday night. Juniors Machlan Sawden and Ross Delabruere had two points apiece for Tufts.

Junior Machlan Sawden contributed a goal and an assist

The victory was the third straight for Tufts and first in conference play. The Jumbos, now 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, got 34 saves in another strong effort by sophomore goalie Drew Hotte.

The six goals are the most in a NESCAC game for Tufts since their 8-1 victory over Connecticut College in February 2016. It's the most Jumbo goals versus the Ephs since January 2003.

Tufts killed six of seven Williams power-plays in the game, including three in the third period. The Jumbos had just one man-advantage of their own and scored on it.

Williams (3-2, 2-1 NESCAC) lost its second straight game. Freshman Nick Altman scored a pair of goals 21 seconds part in the second period for the hosts.

Tufts had their best period of the season thus far in the first. The Jumbos scored three goals on eight shots, while defensively Hotte stopped 12 shots and Tufts killed two Williams power plays. The Jumbos allowed just one shot on goal on the two man-advantages by Williams, which came nearly back-to-back late in the period.

The Jumbos scored 2:19 into the action for a 1-0 lead. With possession in the Williams end, Tufts freshman Brendan Skarda sent a cross-ice pass to Cory Gottfried at the right point. His shot was tipped past Williams goalie Michael Pinios by sophomore Mason Babbidge for his first goal of the year.

Tufts added to its lead at 10:55 of the first. Sawden won a face-off in his own end which led to sophomore defenseman Michael Gordon finding classmate Ross Delabruere at the red line. Delabruere kept the puck despite pressure along the left boards and got it to Sawden just inside the left circle where his shot beat Pinios.

For the third Tufts goal, Skarda took possession in his own end and skated out on a two on two with sophomore Edward Hatton. Taking a pass at the red line, Hatton headed towards the left corner and sent a pass back to Skarda at the left face-off dot. His shot from a similar area as Sawden's goal again beat Pinios.

Tufts picked up where they left off in the second period, extending their lead to 4-0 on a rebound goal by Tyler Scroggins set up by freshman Angus Scott at 7:37 of the frame.

Williams would quickly cut the lead in half though. On a power-play, Altman got his stick on a shot from the high slot by sophomore defenseman Daniel Woolfenden and scored at 12:46 to put the Ephs on the scoreboard.

Just 21 seconds later, Eph Jack McCool forced a turnover behind the Jumbo net and sent a perfectly-timed pass to Altman who was skating by in front and scored again at 13:07 making it 4-2.

The Jumbos were able to stem the Ephs' momentum by getting one of the goals back on a powerplay of their own with under a minute left in the frame. Sophomore Charley Borek converted with an assist from Delabruere.

Tufts swarmed the Williams net for its sixth goal 3:57 into the third with senior captain Clay Berger scoring off a Sawden assist. The Ephs pulled Pinios after the goal, replacing him with Cosimo Lazzarino.

Hotte made three saves during the Eph's second power-play in the third, which turned into a 5-on-3 for 13 seconds. However, the Jumbos were up to the task.

Williams out-shot Tufts 36-18 in the game. Pinios made 11 saves in the Williams net while Lazzarino finished up with one save.

Tufts continues its weekend tomorrow with a 4:00 game at Middlebury College. The Ephs host Connecticut College tomorrow at 3 pm.