HARTFORD – Backed by an outstanding 59-save performance from freshman goalie Josh Sarlo, the Tufts University hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie at eighth-ranked Trinity College in NESCAC action Friday night.
|Josh Sarlo's 59 saves tonight were the fourth-most in Tufts history|
The 59 saves are tied for the fourth-most by a Tufts goalie in team history. It's the most stops by a Jumbo goaltender since All-American Scott Barchard posted 60 saves against the University of New England during the 2009-10 season. Sarlo made a remarkable 28 saves in the second period tonight.
Junior Anthony Farinacci scored for the fifth time in the last five games for the Jumbos, who moved to 5-9-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference. Trinity, who got a game-tying goal from James Callahan, is now 9-3-3 and 5-2-2 in the league.
In a fast-paced and fairly even first period, Tufts took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Farinacci from freshman defenseman Trevor Spence and Nick Schultze at the 11:26 mark. The goal was Farinacci's team-high sixth of the year.
Trinity jumped all over the visitors in the second period, tying the game on Callahan's goal from classmate Timothy Weinstein and junior Andrew Chugg with 48 seconds remaining. The Bantams finished the frame with 29 shots to just six for the Jumbos, but Sarlo's efforts had the Jumbos tied heading into the final period.
Trinity continued to pressure Sarlo with shots in the third period, as the Bantams took 19 more while yielding just six to the Jumbos in the third. Trinity first-year goaltender Jonah Capriotti made back-to-back saves against Jumbo junior forward Ross Delabruere late in the final stanza.
In the first overtime game of the season for the Jumbos, they out-shot the Bantams 3-1 during the extra five minutes. Caprioti made all three stops including a game-saving denial one-on-one against Tufts sophomore forward Charley Borek in the closing seconds.
Trinity finished with a 60-24 shooting advantage and scored once on six power plays. The Bantams committed just two penalties, but Tufts scored on one of them. Caprioti had 23 saves.
In 273 minutes of action this season (five games), Sarlo has recorded a .957 save percentage with 157 stops on 164 shots on goal. He carries a 1.54 goals against average.
The point is the first for the Jumbos against the Bantams since they opened the 2016-17 season with a 3-1 victory over Trinity at home.
Trinity will host NESCAC rival Connecticut College tomorrow at 4 pm in its next game, and Tufts visits league foe Wesleyan tomorrow at 3 pm.
Portions of press release courtesy of Trinity College