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Hobart races past Southern Maine 9-1

The top-ranked Hobart College hockey team cruised to a 9-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a New England Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler this afternoon. Sophomore forward Ignat Belov scored a pair of goals as the Statesmen improved to 16-2-1 overall this season with a 10-1-1 mark in NEHC play.

Senior forward Jonah Alexander led the Statesmen with four points on a goal and three assists. A total of nine Statesmen finished with multi-point games. Sophomore Mavrick Goyer started in goal. He made 18 saves as he picked up his sixth win of the season.

Kyle Penton started in goal for the Huskies (5-10-3, 2-7-2). He made 63 saves in just under 56 minutes of work. Jacob Kindestin made one save in the final four minutes of the game.  


STREAKING

  • Hobart has now won 30 straight games at The Cooler. It is the longest active streak and the second longest in NCAA Division III history.
  • For the 19th straight game, the Statesmen did not allow a power-play goal. Hobart has killed off all 56 of its opponents’ power-play opportunities so far this season.
  • The Statesmen are unbeaten in their last 13 games. It is tied for the second-longest streak in program history.

KEY STATS

  • Hobart finished the game with a 73-19 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Statesmen were 0-for-3 on the power play and Southern Maine was 0-for-4 with the extra skater.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • Hobart opened the scoring at the 12:51 mark of the first period. Alexander snapped a shot from the low slot past Penton for his third goal of the season. Juniors Shane Shell and Luke Aquaro were awarded assists on the goal.
  • Just over two minutes later, senior Jared Patterson gave the Statesmen a 2-0 lead. He wristed a shot from the left faceoff circle over the goalie’s right shoulder. Patterson’s first goal of the season was assisted by Shell and Alexander.
  • First-year Brandon Sacchetti extended Hobart just over two minutes into the second period. He redirected a pass from Chris Duclair past Penton for his fifth goal of the season.
  • The Statesmen took a four-goal lead at the 6:42 mark of the middle stanza. Senior Artem Buzoverya banked a shot off of Penton’s back and into the net. Sophomore Tanner Hartman and junior Matthew Perrymanrecorded assists on the goal.
  • Matt Sullivan broke up the shutout bid less than 30 seconds later. He redirected a Jakub Suran shot past a screened Goyer for his ninth goal of the year. Mathieu Sabourin also had an assist on the goal. The tally snapped Goyer’s shutout streak at just under 227 minutes.
  • Hobart broke the game open with two goals in the final five minutes of the frame. At the 15:27 mark, Aquaro beat Penton with a wrist shot for his 11th goal of the season. Alexander was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • Belov picked up his 11th goal of the season with just under 25 seconds left in the frame. He chipped a pass from Alexander across the goal line. Patterson also had a helper on the goal.
  • At the 4:37 mark of the third period, Logan Gotinsky notched his fourth goal of the season. He one-timed a pass from Duclair past Penton. Perryman was also credited with an assist on the goal.
  • Belov notched his 12th goal of the season in the middle of the stanza. He ripped a shot from the slot past the Huskies goalie. Buzoverya and Tanner Hartman had assists on the goal.
  • First-year Conor Lally rounded out the scoring with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Following a faceoff win, he blasted a shot from the point past Penton for his second goal of the season. Tristan Fasigand Kahlil Fontana were awarded assists on the goal.

UP NEXT

Hobart will be back in action next weekend, Jan. 26-27, when it takes on second-ranked Elmira in a home-and-home series. The Statesmen will be in Pine Valley, New York on Friday night before welcoming the Soaring Eagles to The Cooler on Saturday.