MALDEN – The Tufts University hockey team won by shutout for the second straight game with a 4-0 final over Saint Michael's College at Valley Forum on Tuesday night.
|Angus Scott had a multi-point game for Tufts|
The Jumbo defense allowed just 15 shots on net and freshman goalie Josh Sarlo saved them all for a shutout in his first career start. Tufts did not give up a shot on goal by the Purple Knights in the third period.
Along with sophomore Drew Hotte's 3-0 shutout victory at Saint Anselm on Friday, the Jumbos posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since February 1989.
Freshman Angus Scott had a goal and an assist to lead the Jumbos (2-3) offensively. The Purple Knights, who had senior Sam D'Antuono win 21 of 31 faceoffs, lost their fourth in a row to drop to 1-7-1.
After killing an early penalty by not yielding any shots during a Tufts man-advantage that began 2:50 into the game, Saint Michael's earned a power play of its own at 6:06. The Purple Knights' lone scoring opportunity in that stretch came when sophomore Noah Muller had a shot stopped by Sarlo at 7:34 before classmate Paul McAuliffe sent a follow-up try wide.
Tufts took a 1-0 lead halfway into the first period when freshman Justin Brandt collected the puck in his own end and dashed up the right boards. Into the Saint Michael's zone, he passed to junior Anthony Farinacci in the slot. Farinacci put a back-hander on goal that was saved by Chris Johnson, but Tufts freshman Nick Schultze was there to tuck home the rebound at 10:02. The point for Farinacci was his third in two games after he had a goal and an assist in Tufts' win at Saint Anselm.
The Jumbos doubled their lead after sophomore Edward Hannon pressed a Purple Knight defenseman at the right point in the Tufts zone, causing a turnover. Sophomore Mason Babbidge turned that into a two-on-one, dishing to Scott who beat Johnson at 15:16 of the middle stanza.
Tufts would expand the margin to 3-0 with their first short-handed goal since February 2017 just 41 seconds into the final period. Junior assistant captain Machlan Sawden won a puck along the left half-boards in his own zone and classmate Ross Delabruere picked it up. He skated down the left side and beat a Saint Michael's defender at the circle before putting his own rebound past Johnson.
The Jumbos' fourth goal at 17:22 of the third was scored by sophomore Charley Borek in his first game of the season. Scott brought the puck into the St. Mike's zone from the red line and his pass to the front of the goal was put on net by junior Tyler Scroggins before Borek cleaned up with the goal.
Tufts finished with a 41-15 advantage in shots as Johnson made 37 saves for the Purple Knights, including 17 in the second period.
Jumbo junior defenseman Cory Gottfriend had a strong game, finishing at a +3, putting four shots on goal and blocking two shots. Brandt won six of his nine face-offs for the Jumbos. Tufts now has a 1.60 team goals against average through five games.
Sophomore Brandon Mitchell blocked three shots for Saint Michael's, while sophomore defenseman Sel Narby had two blocks and put two shots on net. The Purple Knights were 38 for 68 on faceoffs overall.
The Jumbos return to NESCAC action on Friday at Williams College. The next Saint Michael's game is on Saturday at Assumption College.