Men's ice hockey falters against Tufts, 3-0

MANCHESETER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference tilt with Tufts University, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

Box Score

The Hawks fall to 5-4-0 overall while the Jumbos improve to 1-3-0.

Aftera slow start to the game, Tufts finally broke through at 12:03 of the first period. The Hawks sent the puck around the boards intending to clear their defensive zone. However, Rune Kirby kept it in at the blue line where he ripped a shot from the left point to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. Tufts added one at 14:12 of the opening period off a Saint Anselm turnover in the neutral zone. Trevor Spence slid the puck to Anthony Farinacci who buried it to make it 2-0.

Saint Anselm came out in the second period with the pressure firing three shots in the first five minutes. However, Jumbos netminder Drew Hotte was up to the task denying the Hawks to cut into the visitor's lead.

With time winding down in the second period, Tufts made it 3-0 with 28 seconds left. A two-on-one breakaway was set up at mid-ice. Farinacci skated down the left side and sent a centering pass to Nick Schultze. Haney slid the puck underneath the pads of Hawks senior goaltender Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) for the 3-0 lead. The Hawks had a 9-8 edge in shots in the second stanza.

Tufts had a chance to extend its lead early in the final period, but Soucy made a save in the opening minute to keep his team down three.

Neither team was issued a penalty in Friday's affair. The Hawks were not penalized through 60 minutes for the first time since Jan. 21, 2012, a 3-2 loss at home to Mass.-Boston. Since at least the 1999-00 men's ice hockey season on the Hilltop, Friday's game was the first without a penalty committed by either opponent.

The Jumbos had a 25-21 edge in shots while Hotte made 21 saves in Tufts first victory of the season. Soucy made 22 saves for the Hawks, who had 13 blocked shots on the defensive side.

The Hawks travel to Connecticut over the next two days for a pair of non-conference games. They begin their trip against the Cardinals from Wesleyan University on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink for a 4 p.m. puck drop.