MALDEN, Mass. - Freshman defenseman Jordan Haney figured in every Tufts University tally including scoring two goals and junior goalie Nik Nugnes recorded his first career shutout as the Jumbo men's hockey team scored a 3-0 NESCAC win over Connecticut College on Friday night at Valley Forum.
Tufts stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory, improving to 8-8-3 overall and 6-6-1 in the conference. The Camels lost for the fifth time in their last seven games and dropped to 4-12-2 total and 2-9-2 NESCAC. The teams meet again tomorrow night at Connecticut College in the conclusion of this weekend series.
Haney stayed hot for the Jumbos, scoring the first two goals and assisting on the third. He now has multi-point games in two of his last three starts including his two assists a week ago against Williams College.
Nugnes made 31 saves tonight as Tufts recorded its first NESCAC shutout since a 2-0 victory at Bowdoin on December 11, 2015. Nugnes was at his best in the third period, making 12 saves to wrap up the shutout.
Senior assistant captain Sean Kavanagh also figured in each of Tufts' scores tonight with a goal and two assists. He set up Haney's slap shot from the left point at 11:27 of the first period which started the scoring.
The Jumbos had to kill a penalty right out of the gate in the second period after they were whistled for an infraction at the first-period buzzer. They withstood that threat by the Camels and barely a minute later Haney took a pass from Kavanagh in the slot and converted for a 2-0 Tufts lead at 3:25 of the middle stanza.
Less than three minutes later, Tufts extended its lead to 3-0 as sophomore Oliver Takacsi-Nagy slid a pass across the front of the net where Kavanagh was waiting to deposit the puck into the cage at 6:20.
Into the third period, Tufts freshman Cooper Stahl hit a post during a power-play in the middle of the frame. Connecticut College had one of its better chances when senior Brian Belisle took a pass from freshman Jacob Moreau at the blue line, skated in and blasted a shot that Nugnes smothered.
Tufts held wide margins in shots for each of the first two periods and showed a 35-19 advantage through 40 minutes of play. They finished with a 45-31 advantage in that category. Neither team converted on the power play, with the Camels holding Tufts to 0 for 3.
Sophomore defenseman AJ Wallace blocked a game-high five shots for Connecticut College, while freshman goalie Avery Gobbo made 42 saves. He had 16 stops in both the first and second periods. Belisle won a game-high 10 face-offs for the visitors.
Tufts senior Matt Pugh blocked three shots while junior Nick Flanagan paced the Jumbos with eight face-off wins.
Before the game Tufts honored Team Hoyt, the inspirational father-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt who have competed in various athletic endeavors since 1977. Bryan Lyons, a Tufts Dental School graduate who now pushes Rick Hoyt at the events, was on hand to participate in a ceremonial puck drop. The Jumbos presented him with a game jersey made specifically for the night featuring the number 32 to represent the amount of Boston Marathons Team Hoyt has completed.
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