Scroggins' 5 Assists Help Jumbo Hockey Past Bowdoin College 6-1

MALDEN – Junior Tyler Scroggins assisted on five goals as the Tufts University hockey team defeated Bowdoin College 6-1 in a NESCAC meeting Friday night at Valley Forum.

Tyler Scroggins had five assists in the game, the most for Tufts in 17 years

Scroggins' linemates Charley Borek and Angus Scott both scored a goal and an assist in the contest, as did junior Ross Delabruere. Senior captain Clay Berger added his second short-handed goal of the season in the second period. Then freshman Cal LeClair netted his first two collegiate goals in the third. Freshman Trevor Spence added two assists.

Scroggins' five assists in the game is the most by a Tufts player since Jason Boudrow had five at Saint Michael's on November 29, 2000. The Tufts record is six.

Sophomore goalie Drew Hotte made 32 saves in the Jumbo goal tonight as Tufts improved to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC. Bowdoin, who got a power-play goal from junior Sam Topham, dropped to 3-4-1 and 1-2-1 in the league.

The Jumbos were effective on specials teams with two power-play goals and the short-handed goal tonight. Delabruere's man-advantage goal on a slapper from the right point got the hosts started just 3:15 into the game.

Borek, who missed Tufts' first four games, tallied his third goal in four games since returning to the ice at 8:27 and the Jumbos had an early 2-0 lead.

Topham's goal one minute into a Bowdoin powerplay cut the deficit in half at 11:13, but just 11 seconds later the Jumbos got the goal back when Scott scored from Scroggins and Borek restoring the two-goal margin.

The Jumbos killed a five-minute major penalty at the end of the first period to take the 3-1 advantage into the locker room. Tufts would hold Bowdoin to 1 for 8 on man-advantages for the game.

The Polar Bears switched goalies to start the second, replacing starter Erik Wurman with Alex Zafonte. The moved payed dividends, as Zafonte made 14 saves in the frame including stops on break-aways by Jumbo freshman Justin Brandt and Borek.

However, Tufts did add to its lead short-handed as Scroggins sent Berger in on a break-away and he made a move while nearly on top of Zafonte to push Tufts to 4-1 at 17:38 of the second.

LeClair hammered home a pair of goals in the third period at 2:44 and 13:56 building the Jumbo margin to 6-1.

Tufts put 40 shots on net compared to 33 by Bowdoin in a high-action game that saw 14 penalties in addition to the seven goals. Zafonte made 29 saves in his two periods of play.

The Jumbos finished with a 46-36 edge in face-offs, with Scroggins winning 13 of his 20 to lead the way.

Freshman Kyle Jadatz won 10 face-offs for Bowdoin, who got five shots on goal from Topham. Scott led Tufts with six.

The Jumbos welcome Colby to the Forum on Saturday at 4:00. Bowdoin travels to Connecticut College for Saturday's 4:00 game.

Post-Game Comments from Captain Clay Berger ...