SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Tufts University hockey team scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and sophomore goalie Josh Sarlo made 33 saves as the Jumbos earned their first win of the season, 2-1, against Buffalo State in the first round of Skidmore College's Thanksgiving Invitational on Saturday.
|Edward Hannon netted the game-winner for Tufts in the first period.|
The Jumbos (1-5) will play host Skidmore in the championship game of the tournament on Sunday at 4 pm. The Thoroughbreds defeated Brockport 5-2 in the other opening-round game of the tournament on Saturday.
Tufts went on a man-advantage situation at 11:20 of the first period and the power play was effective. However, Bengals freshman goalie Emil Norrman made four saves on Jumbo shots during the man-advantage.
Sarlo had four saves over the final five minutes of the first period and Tufts took its 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.
Both goalies were sharp early in a second period that would see 26 shots on goal. Buffalo State would receive a power play opportunity at 8:03 of the middle stanza, but the Jumbos killed it with only one save needed by Sarlo.
The Jumbo goalie stayed busy as the period continued. However, the Bengals would pull within one on a goal by senior Zach Remers at 12:22 assisted by junior Vadim Vasjonkin and freshman Nikita Kozyrev.
Not long after the goal the Bengals went on another power play, but Sarlo and Tufts killed it to maintain the 2-1 advantage heading into the third. Buffalo Satate outshot Tufts 14-12 in the second with Norrman making 14 stops and Sarlo 13.
The Bengalls did a nice job negating a Jumbo penalty early in the third period, allowing just one shot on goal that was saved by Normann. They would have the advantage in shots in the third overalll at 11-9, but Sarlo made all the saves to help preserve the win. He stopped 33 of 35 shots overall including two down the stretch after Buffalo pulled Normann for the final two minutes.
Shots finished at 35-34 Tufts after a 14-9 advantage by the Jumbos in the first. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. The Jumbos won 39 face-offs in 67 attempts, including a 7 for 9 effort by senior Ross Delabruere and 6 for 8 by junior Peter Hatton.
The Bengals play Brockport in the consolation game on Sunday at 1 pm.