NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) factored into two more goals and classmate Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) added a pair of helpers to lead the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Tufts in its 8th Annual "Green Dot Game" on Saturday evening at Dayton Arena.
The Camels got on the board in the blink of an eye and just 24 seconds into the contest. Stirling, who was stationed along the right boards, fired in the puck to the low slot that Creamer collected and tapped to freshman Steven Senese (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) for the score.
Tufts (5-13-2, NESCAC 2-10-2), however, had an answer before the end of the period immediately after a face-off. Hayden Smith won the face off from the left circle and found Charley Borek, who quickly fired the puck home for the Jumbos' first goal of the two-game series.
Despite surrendering the lead, the Camels came out of the intermission with a vengeance and outshot their opponent by a 14-5 margin during the second frame. In the 17th minute of action, the hosts capitalized on a power play to move back ahead for good. Stirling received a pass from left to right along the blue line and sent the puck down to freshman Anthony Quatieri (Peabody, Mass.), and the forward found Creamer in the slot for his third goal of the series.
The Jumbos piled on pressure throughout the third period and outshot the Camels by a lopsided 13-3 margin, but junior netminder Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario) held his ground. A power play opportunity given to the visitors in the waning minutes was unsuccessful, and the team was unable to score when pulling goalie Drew Hotte for the last 1:44. Two shots went wide and another was blocked by Moss, allowing the hosts to hang on for the victory.
Gobbo picked up his second win in as many days by making 26 saves for the Camels, while Hotte was charged with the loss for Tufts by turning away 25 shots.
Connecticut College (6-13-1, NESCAC 2-11-1) will continue to push for a postseason playoff bid when it next hosts Hamilton on Friday evening at 7 p.m.