Tufts University 4, Connecticut College 1 Birmingham Nets Eighth Goal of Season for Camels

Tufts University 4, Connecticut College 1 Birmingham Nets Eighth Goal of Season for Camels

MALDEN, Mass. -- The Tufts men's hockey team scored in each period as the Jumbos picked up a 4-1 win over visiting Connecticut College on Friday night at the Valley Forum II. Four different Jumbos scored, and junior goaltender Mason Pulde collected 50 saves in the win. 

With the win the Jumbos move to 7-7-5 overall with a 3-6-4 mark in NESCAC play.  The Camels are now 3-14-2 this season with a record of 0-11-2 in NESCAC contests this year. 

Senior Brian Ouellette put the Jumbos on the board early in this one, firing a slap shot from just inside the blue line that soared past the shoulder of Camel keeper Tom Conlin and into the top right corner of the net to give the Jumbos the 1-0 advantage just over two minutes into the first period.  Junior Matt Pugh was credited with an assist on the score. 

The Jumbos made it 2-0 a little more than two minutes later when Chad Goldberg had a breakaway two-on-one opportunity.  After crossing the blue line, Goldberg chose to keep the puck instead of passing it off, and fired a shot into the top right corner past Conlin to give the Jumbos the 2-0 advantage.  Rookies Clay Berger and Jefferson Martin picked up helpers on the score. 

A little more than halfway through the period, the Camels had one of their four power play opportunities that period.  Peter Straub was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct and with the one man advantage the Camels got a shot off that Pulde was able to stop, on the rebound Ryan Mowery tried to sneak the puck into an empty left side, but Pulde threw his right leg right in front of the net, narrowly edging the puck away and keeping the Camels off the scoreboard. 

The Jumbos would take the 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but it was the Camels that had a the shot advantage after the first period, 20-15.  The Jumbos madee it 3-0 just over halfway through the second period when junior Mike Leary scored his fourth of the season.  The goal was unassisted. Once again in the second period the Camels had four power play opportunities, but were not able to score on any of them because of a strong Jumbo defense and a solid effort by Pulde in net. 

Most of the third period flew by, with both teams getting some scoring opportunities, but the game remained 3-0 in the Jumbos advantage.  The Camels pulled their goalie with just under five minutes remaining in the period, but all three shots the Jumbos fired at the net from the opposite end of the ice went wide and the Camels weren't able to score with the extra skater.  Conlin returned to the net with just under four minutes left on the clock. 

Connecticut College would break up the shutout with about two and a half minutes left in the game when Joe Birmingham found the back of the net for the eighth time this season.  Tim DiPretoro and Joe Giordano picked up assists on the score.  

With the score 3-1 in the home team's advantage, the visitors once again pulled Conlin from the net, but this time freshman Nick Abbene was able to hit the net, scoring his second of the season to give the Jumbos the 4-1 lead.  

The Camels finished with the advantage in shots on goal, 51-45, outshooting the Jumbos in both the first and third periods.  The Camels were 0-for-8 on their power play opportunities while the Jumbos were not able to convert on any of their four man-up chances. 

Pulde picked up his fifth win of the season with 50 saves, while Conlin made 41 saves in the loss for the Camels. The 50 saves is the second most of the season for Pulde who recorded 53 in a tie with Hamilton in late January.  Pulde is second in the conference ranks with a .953 save percentage in conference games. 

The Jumbos and Camels will play again tomorrow, but this time on the Camel's home ice.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 pm.  

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