Stoltenberg gives E.O. Smith/Tolland assist

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Dec. 28—Defenseman Zack Stoltenberg got the job done at both ends of the ice for the E.O. Smith/Tolland hockey team Monday.

Stoltenberg had four assists as the Bucks kept their perfect record intact with a 6-3 win over Northeastern in CCC South action at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.

Cole Schoen scored twice, both assisted by Stoltenberg, for E.O. Smith/Tolland (4-0-0, 2-0-0).Keegan Hodgkinson also had two goals with Stoltenberg netting an assist one of his.

The Bucks led 2-0 after one period on goals by Gavin Toll and Schoen in a 1:48 span. After the Shamrocks (0-3-0, 0-2-0) got on the board with a goal by Lucas Gorcenski, E.O. Smith/Tolland answered with goals from Kaleb Van Horn and Hodgkinson.

Jason Tew's goal cut Northeastern's gap to 4-2 going to the third period but the visitors would get no closer. After Hodgkinson and the Shamrocks' Conor Dalrymple exchanged goals, Schoen put the puck into an empty net to put the game away.

Dan Polgun made 11 saves for E.O. Smith/Tolland while Bauer Cordero-Lanum had 27 saves for Northeastern.

The Bucks entertain the Eastern CT Eagles on Wednesday. The Shamrocks host Tri-Town at the Bolton Ice Palace Thursday.

NORTHEASTERN 0 2 1 — 3

E.O./TOLLAND 2 2 2 — 6

First period: 1. EO/T— Gavin Toll (Braiden George, Conor O'Brien), 6:18; 2. EO/T — Cole Schoen (Zack Stoltenberg), 8:06.

Second period: 3. NE — Lucas Gorcenski (Patrick Frommer, Landon Bell), 4:04; 4. EO/T — Kaleb Van Horn (Schoen, Stoltenberg), 6:01; 5. EO/T — Keegan Hodgkinson (Quentin Wry, Cam Sterling), 14:01; 6. NE — Jason Tew (Nate Ojala, Ross Sutherland), time unavailable.

Third period: 7. EO/T — Hodgkinson (Wry, Stoltenberg), 9:26; 8. NE — Conor Dalrymple (Tew), time unavailable; 9. EO/T — Schoen (Stoltenberg), time unavailable.

Goaltenders: NE— Bauer Cordero-Lanum (27 saves); EO/T — Dan Polgun (11 saves).

STAPLES 3, ENFIELD 1. At the Enfield Twin Rinks, Staples scored twice in a 56-second span of the third period to pull out a non-league win.

Down 1-0, Luke Arsenault got Enfield (0-4-0) even with an unassisted goal with 10:48 left. But the Wreckers (1-3-0) responded with Cooper Paul's second goal to regain the lead with 4:08 remaining. Ben Epes added an insurance goal with 3:12 to go.

Enfield outshot Staples 36-19 with Wreckers' goaltender Aaron Kail making 35 saves.

Tommy Terhune had 16 saves for Enfield, which entertains Rocky Hill Wednesday.

STAPLES 0 1 2 — 3

ENFIELD 0 0 1 — 1

First period: No scoring.

Second period: 1. S — Cooper Paul (Tyler Dimaio), 5:41.

Third period: 2. E — Luke Arsenault, 4:12; 3. S — Paul (Carter Fass, Ben Epes), 10:52; 4. S — Epes (Fass, Paul), 11:48.

Goaltenders: S— Aaron Kail (35 saves); E — Tommy Terhune (16 saves).