The top-ranked Hobart College hockey team raced past Middlebury College 8-1 in a non-conference contest at The Cooler this afternoon. With their seventh straight win, the Statesmen are now 11-2-0 on the season.
Sophomore Kahlil Fontana led the way for the Statesmen with four assists. He was one of seven Hobart skaters to finish with multipoint games. Sophomores Tanner Daniels and Tanner Hartman had two goals each. Sophomore Damon Beaver played all 60 minutes in goal, making 29 saves.
Jake Horoho started in goal for the Panthers (1-6-2) and made 14 saves in just over 31 minutes of work. Andrew Heinze came on in relief and made 23 stops. Jin Lee scored the Middlebury goal.
- Hobart has won 28 straight games at The Cooler. It is the longest active streak in the nation and tied for the second longest in NCAA Division III history.
- The Statesmen did not commit a penalty in today’s game, extending their streak to 13 games without allowing a power-play goal to start the season.
- Hobart finished the game with a 45-30 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Statesmen were 1-for-3 on the man advantage and Middlebury did not have a power-play attempt.
- Today’s game was the first time under Mason Family Hobart Head Hockey Coach Mark Taylor the Statesmen did not commit a penalty in a game.
- Hobart has won four straight games against Middlebury and now leads the all-time series 4-3-1.
- After a slow start, Hobart erupted for three goals in eight minutes to close out the first period. Hartman opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season. He collected a breakout pass from first-year Conor Lally, skated the length of the ice and wristed a shot over Horoho’s glove.
- At the 17:15 mark of the opening frame, Hartman gave the Statesmen a two-goal lead. His NEHC-leading 12th goal of the year came off a faceoff win from senior Artem Buzoverya. Hartman snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle through a screen and past the goalie. It was his second straight multi-goal game at The Cooler.
- Sophomore Tristan Fasig made it 3-0 with 40 seconds remaining in the period. He flipped a shot from the high slot past Horoho for his third goal of the season. It was an unassisted tally.
- At the 6:44 mark of the second period, first-year Brandon Sacchetti notched a power-play goal Standning just in front of Horoho, he poked home a rebound for his third goal of the season. Fellow first-year Chris Duclair and junior Cooper Swift had assists on the tally.
- Thirty-one seconds later, Daniels collected his first goal of the season. He slapped a shot from the slot past Horoho. Swift and Fontana had helpers on the goal.
- Just past the midway point of the game, Duclair pocketed his 10th goal of the year. He picked up a rebound right in front of the cage and slipped a shot past the Panthers’ goalie. Sacchetti and Khalil Fontana recorded assists on the goal.
- Daniels’ second goal of the game gave Hobart a 7-0 lead after 40 minutes. He blasted a one-timer from the right faceoff circle into the back of the net. Gagik Malakyan and Fontana had assists on the goal.
- The Panthers broke up the shutout bid with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. Lee broke up a pass at his own blue line, skated the length of the rink, deked around Beaver and lifted a backhanded shot over the goalie’s pads. The shorthanded goal was an unassisted tally.
- Senior Austin Mourar rounded out the scoring at the 18:51 mark of the third period. He fired a shot from the point that bounced off of a defender’s back and fluttered over Heinze’s glove. Mourar’s second goal of the season was assisted by Fasig and Fontana.
“I thought the guys did a good job of staying their course and picking up where we left off before the semester ended,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t be happier with the spirit of the play. The guys played unselfish and moved pucks. We didn’t look at who we were playing or anything else. They showed up the right way.
Hobart will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 5, when they take on Skidmore. Faceoff for the key New England Hockey Conference contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.