The third-ranked Hobart College ice hockey team defeated Buffalo State University 4-0 in a non-conference contest at The Cooler this evening. With the win, the Statesmen are now 5-2-0 on the season.
Seniors Artem Buzoverya and Matthieu Wuth led Hobart with a goal and an assist each. Chris Duclair and Jonah Alexander also scored. Sophomore Damon Beaver stopped all 15 shots he faced as he picked up his third straight shutout.
Liam Gross and Drew Doran split time in goal for Buffalo State (2-5-0). Gross started in goal and made 18 saves. Doran came on in relief and stopped all 34 shots he faced.
- Beaver entered the 2023-24 season as the only goalie in program history to post three consecutive shutouts when he did it last year. With today’s shutout, he matched that performance. Beaver has not surrendered a goal in his three starts since the season opener.
- Today’s shutout was the 10th of Beaver’s career. He is second on Hobart’s all-time list, one behind Nick Broadwater ’13, who had 11 in four seasons.
- Hobart finished the game with a 56-15 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Statesmen were 1-for-5 on the power play and Buffalo State was 0-for-4 with the extra attacker.
- Duclair opened the scoring at the 7:42 mark of the first period. He picked up a rebound on the left goal post and stuffed a shot past Gross for his seventh goal of the season. Buzoverya was awarded an assist on the goal.
- Just over a minute later, Alexander doubled Hobart’s lead. He wristed a shot from the low slot past Gross for his first goal of the season. Shane Shell and Wuth were awarded assists on the tally.
- Buzoverya extended the lead to three goals with his first goal of the season. He wrapped around the back of the net and slipped a shot past the Bengals’ goalie. Ignat Belov and Austin Mourar were awarded assists on the goal.
- Wuth wrapped up the scoring with his first goal of the season. At the 6:33 mark of the second period, he one-timed a pass from Kevin Lassman from the left faceoff circle past Gross. Kahlil Fontana also had an assist on the power-play goal.
Hobart will be back in action tomorrow, Nov. 18, when it welcomes SUNY Fredonia to The Cooler. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.