NEW LONDON, Conn. –Machlan Sawden (Old Lyme, Conn.) potted a power play goal with 3:45 remaining in the first period to lead the Tufts University men's hockey team to a 2-1 victory and weekend series sweep of Connecticut College in a game played at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
Sean Kavanagh (Wilbraham, Mass.) contributed with his fourth goal of the season while junior Nik Nugnes (West Barnstable, Mass.) turned aside 27 shots between the pipes to secure the victory for the visitors.
For the Camels, the biggest victory was the support they received for their sixth annual Green Dot Game. The Green Dot program is a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. Junior forward Matt Gaetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and senior assistant coach Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.) represented the program as Green Dot captains.
Senior Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) tallied his sixth goal of the season to put the Camels on the board first. Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Liam Ferguson (Orange, Conn.) both had assists on the score. Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) finished with 30 saves in the battle of Cape Codders between the pipes.
The Jumbos improved their record to 9-8-3 and eclipsed the .500 mark in conference action with a mark of 7-6-1. The Camels fell to 4-13-2 with a 2-10-2 record in NESCAC play.
Mowery vaulted the Camels out to an early advantage with his goal 4:09 into regulation. The senior forward collected a loose puck near the left circle and went upstairs for a score to put the Camels on the board. However, the Jumbos responded in a 4-on-4 situation. Kavanagh skated through the neutral zone down the right side and unloaded with a shot from the dot to even things up at one with 9:45 remaining in the frame.
With 3:45 to play in the first, the Jumbos capitalized on their power play to take the lead for good. Sawden was able to collect a rebound in the slot and stuffed one in to make it a 2-1 game. Patrick Lackey (Summit, N.J.) and Cory Gottfried (Port Washington, N.Y.) earned assists on the difference maker.
The Camels emptied their net with 1:12 remaining in regulation and applied some pressure in the Jumbo's zone but the visitors were able to hang on for the 2-1 win.