Tufts Downs Ephs 6-2

Bobby Beniers '21
Bobby Beniers '21

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Tufts University (3-3-0/1-2-0 NESCAC) notched three first period goals and never allowed Williams (2-2-0/2-1-0 NESCAC to get closer than two goals in posting a 6-2 win over the Ephs.

At 2:17 from 18 yards out to Eph goalie Michael Pinios' left through a screen Mason Babbidge scored with a slap shot to start the Jumbos' scoring. Cory Gottfried assisted on the goal. The Jumbos doubled their lead at 9:06 with Machlan Sawden scoring in close with the assist going to Ross Delabruere.

The Jumbos upped their lead to three at 14:54 when Edward Hannon fed Brendan Skarda into the offensive zone off to Pinios's left and Skarda fired a wrister from seven yards out into the netting on the far side of the goal.

At the end of the first 20-minute session despite out shooting the Jumbos 12-8, Williams trailed 3-0. Tufts' Drew Hotte stopped 12 shots, while the Ephs' Michael Pinios stopped five of eight Jumbo attempts.

Tufts notched their fourth goal of the night at 7:37 of the second period when Tyler Scroggins converted off a rebound of a shot from the stick of Angus Scott.

The Ephs went on the power play at 12; 10 courtesy of tripping call against the Jumbos' Clay Berger. Just 26 seconds later the Ephs got on the scoreboard when Nick Altman scored on the power play with Daniel Woolfenden and Marcus Mollica assisting

Altman then scored again just thirty seconds later when he again scored from in close with jack McCool and Bobby Berniers assisting and Williams narrowed the Jumbos' lead to 4-2. That, however, was as close as the Ephs would come on the night.

The Ephs were called for too many men on the ice at 17:42 and the Jumbos netted a power play goal at 19:10 when Charley Borek scored off a rebound with a backhand shot while going from right to left across the goal. Ross Delabruere was credited with the assist on the Borek goal that re-established a 3-goal margin for Tufts, 5-2.

After 40 minutes the Jumbos' Drew Hotte had stopped 18 of 20 Eph shots, while Williams goalie Michael Pinios had stopped 10 of 15 Tufts' shots and the Jumbos took a 5-2 lead into the final intermission.

Clay Berger tallied the sixth Tufts' goal out of a scramble in front as he poked the puck just over the line before Pinios could recover at 3:57 of the third period. Machlan Sawden assisted on the goal. 

On the night Hotte recorded 34 saves on 36 Eph shots.  The Ephs' Michael Pinios made 11 saves on 17 shots by the Jumbos. 

I thought Tufts came out and play hard right away and we didn't match their intensity right away," stated Eph head coach Bill Kangas. "They kept the pressure on us. I thought we did a good job in the second period for the first 10 minutes. We didn't play as hard as we did a week ago and it is a lesson for us to learn from. We have to get ready for another tough game tomorrow." 

Next up for the Ephs is a 3:00 PM contest tomorrow afternoon in Lansing Chapman Rink versus Connecticut College.