#6 Hamilton College vs #10 Colby Game Preview 03-03-2023

By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

The sixth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey Team will find itself in familiar territory this Friday as they prepare for the NESCAC Championship Semifinals. They made it to the Semifinals of the tournament last season, where they suffered a heartbreaking season-ending 3-2 loss to the eventual national champions the Middlebury Panthers.

The Panthers are still in this season’s edition of the NESCAC Championship Tournament, but they are playing tournament host and number one seed Amherst Mammoths in the other Semifinals bracket. This time around, the Continentals have drawn the tenth-ranked Colby Mules. Hamilton and Colby have already played each other twice this season, on January 6th and 7th at Sage Rink in Clinton. The then sixth-ranked Mules were shut out in both games by the home team, with the Continentals winning 1-0 on the 6th and 3-0 on the 7th. It was this pair of wins that propelled Hamilton College from the thirteenth spot in the USCHO poll to its current spot at number six.

A look back at the 315 Hockey recap of the Continental’s victory over the Mules on January 7th: Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey Defeats Colby Again, Three Observations.

The Continentals have run the gauntlet of a very difficult slate of regular season games. Including the games they played against Colby, Hamilton College has played a total of thirteen games against teams that are either currently ranked in the top fifteen of the USCHO poll or were ranked at the time they played them. The NESCAC is home to four of the top ten teams in the current poll.

Forward Nancy Loh charges up the ice during a game at Sage Rink. Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

Hamilton College is led by the Senior tandem of forward Nancy Loh and defender Abby Kuhns. Loh has scored seventeen goals this season – seven of which have been game-winners tying her for the second most in Division III. Kuhns has been a catalyst on offense from the blue line for the Continentals and her six power-play goals are tied for the eleventh most in Division III.

Evie Sheridan has had an outstanding first season in goal for the Continentals. She has put together a record of 12-3-1 with a 1.29 GAA and 0.945 save percentage. She is 7th in Division III in save percentage and 9th in GAA.

The Hamilton College Continentals and Colby Mules are both looking to claim their first NESCAC Tournament Championship. Let’s take a look at how they match up against each other.

Hamilton College Continentals Team Records

  • Overall Record: 19-4-2
  • NESCAC Record: 12-3-1, the second seed in the NESCAC Tournament.
  • Goal Differential: +39.

Colby Mules Team Records

  • Overall Record: 17-6-0.
  • NESCAC Record: 10-6-0, the third seed in the NESCAC Tournament.
  • Goal Differential: +42.

Hamilton College Continentals Team Offense

  • Goals For: 68.
  • Goals Per Game: 2.7 (30th in Division III).
  • Shots: 760.
  • Shots Per Game: 30.4.
  • Power Play: 22.2% (12 for 54 – 16th in Division III).

Colby Mules Team Offense

  • Goals For: 78.
  • Goals Per Game: 3.4 (14th in Division III).
  • Shots: 845.
  • Shots Per Game: 36.7.
  • Power Play: 21.1% (12 for 57 – 23rd in Division III).

Hamilton College Continentals Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders

1.) Nancy Loh: 17 goals + 5 assists = 22 points. Loh is 20th in Division III in goals.

2.) Hyla Mosher: 8 goals + 12 assists = 20 points.

3.) Abby Kuhns: 7 goals + 12 assists = 19 points.

4.) Abby Smith: 8 goals + 9 assists = 17 points.

5.) Claire McGennis: 4 goals + 12 assists = 16 points.

  • Shots Leader: Nancy Loh with 100.
  • Power Play Goals Leader: Abby Kuhns with six. Kuhns is tied for 11th in Division III in power-play goals.
  • Game Winning Goals Leader: Nancy Loh with seven. Loh is tied for second in Division III in game-winning goals.
  • +/- Leader: Abby Kuhns at +21.

Colby Mules Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders

1.) Meg Rittenhouse: 17 goals + 14 assists = 31 points. Rittenhouse is tied for 20th in Division III in goals.

2.) Tate Senden: 9 goals + 12 assists = 21 points.

3.) McKinley Karpa: 7 goals + 10 assists = 17 points.

4.) Breanna Studley: 8 goals + 7 assists = 15 points.

5.) Bri Nolan-Michaud: 3 goals + 12 assists = 15 points.

  • Shots Leader: Meg Rittenhouse with 107.
  • Power Play Goals Leader: Meg Rittenhouse with seven. Rittenhouse is tied for 4th in Division III in power-play goals.
  • Game Winning Goals Leader: Meg Rittenhouse and Tate Senden with four each.
  • +/- Leader: Meg Rittenhouse at +28.

Hamilton College Continentals Team Defense

  • Goals Against: 29.
  • Goals Against Per Game: 1.2 (8th in Division III).
  • Shots Allowed: 549.
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 22.0.
  • Penalty Kill: 90.2% (46 for 51).
  • Shorthanded Goals Socred: 2.

Colby Mules Team Defense

  • Goals Against: 36.
  • Goals Against Per Game: 1.6 (16th in Division III).
  • Shots Allowed: 520.
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 22.6.
  • Penalty Kill: 75.9% (44 for 58).
  • Shorthanded Goals Scored: 0.

Hamilton College Continentals Goaltending

  • Evie Sheridan: Record: 12-3-1 / GAA: 1.29 / Save Percentage: 0.945 / Saves: 363 / Shutouts: 4. Sheridan is 7th in Division III in save percentage, 9th in GAA, and tied for 17th in shutouts.
  • Mac Donovan: Record: 4-1-0 / GAA: 0.64 / Save Percentage: 0.972 / Saves: 106 / Shutouts: 1.
  • Cate Gallagher: Record: 3-0-1 / GAA: 1.21 / Save Percentage: 0.911 / Saves: 51 / Shutouts: 0.

Colby Mules Goaltending

  • Paige Bolyard: Record: 9-3-0 / GAA: 1.68 / Save Percentage: 0.924 / Saves: 242 / Shutouts: 2.
  • Mandy Busky: Record: 7-3-0 / GAA: 1.27 / Save Percentage: 0.944 / Saves: 237 / Shutouts: 4. Busky is 8th in Division III in GAA and 10th in save percentage.
  • Grace Caligiuri: Record: 1-0-0 / GAA: 1.87 / Save Percentage: 0.833 / Saves: 5 / Shutouts: 0.

Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm in Amherst, Massachusetts. It is a one-game playoff with the winner advancing to the Championship Game on March 4th. For more information about Hamilton College Continentals hockey, including streaming links for this game, visit http://athletics.hamilton.edu.

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