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Tufts defeats Morrisville State hockey 5-4 at Rutland Invitational

RUTLAND, VT – Tufts University defeated Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey by a final 5-4 Sunday afternoon for third place at the Rutland Herald Invitational held at Castleton College.

Playing to a scoreless first period, Morrisville State’s Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT/Georgetown Raiders) put the Mustangs on the scoreboard first, netting his sixth goal of the year off assists from Joe Herman (Congers, NY/Ramapo Rangers) and Brent Quinn (Perth, ONT/Perth Blue Wings) at the 9:56 mark.

Less than a minute later, Tufts tied it up netting a score at 10:38, before Morrisville State’s Matt Damskov (Spokane, WA/Lake Liberty Lumberjacks) netted two straight power play scores to take the 3-2 lead heading into the final period.

In the third, Tufts tied the contest at three goals with a score two minutes into the contest, taking their first lead of the contest at the 11:31 mark.

Sgarbossa evened the contest for the Mustangs at 14:18, but that was short lived as Tuft’s Doug Wilson netted the game winner just 17 seconds later.

Morrisville State’s Brett Freese (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo) tallied 28 saves in net for the Mustangs who fall to 2-10 overall. Morrisville State returns to the ice on Saturday, December 1 against Johnson and Wales University. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.