Big third period lifts men’s hockey to third straight win

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Hamilton College scored three goals in the third period and the Continentals rallied for a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Colby College Mules at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (5-2-0, 4-1 NESCAC), who were playing at home for the first time since Nov. 27, won their third straight game. Hamilton recorded its sixth victory in the last seven games against Colby and currently sits in second place in the conference with 13 points. The Continentals host Tufts University for another NESCAC contest on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Mules came into the night with a three-game win streak. Colby went 0-for-4 on the power play as the Mules dropped to 4-3-0 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

Sean Storr ’22 made 23 saves for Hamilton. He leads the NESCAC with a 1.72 goals against average and .933 save percentage.

The Continentals peppered Colby goaltender Andy Beran (21 saves) with 15 shots in the third period. Hamilton tied the score 30 seconds into its third power-play opportunity of the night. James Philpott ’25 stole the puck in his defensive zone and Matt Gellerman ’24 eventually picked it up at his blue line. He skated into the Mules’ zone and unleashed a hard wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle that beat Beran top-shelf at 5:57. Gellerman leads the team with six goals. Philpott has a team-high seven assists and he and Gellerman share the team lead with eight points apiece.

The Continentals took the lead at 9:38 of the third. Grisha Gotovets ’25 collected a loose puck near the Colby blue line and sent a backhand pass from above the right faceoff circle over to Scott McKenzie ’25, who was all alone in the middle of the left faceoff circle. McKenzie one-timed the slick feed into the back of the net for his first goal at Hamilton.

It seemed that the Continentals would give up the lead, or worse, just 27 seconds later when they were whistled for a five-minute major penalty for boarding. Instead, Hamilton surprisingly added to its advantage on a shorthanded goal with 5:38 left. Jordi Jefferson ’22 stole the puck at his own blue line, skated up the left side and into the middle of the left faceoff circle. Jefferson passed back to Nick Rutigliano ’22 in the high slot and he buried a wrist shot before Beran could get back into position.

The Mules didn’t put a shot on goal during their five-minute power play and managed just one on Storr in the last 10 minutes. Colby pulled Beran for an extra skater with 61 seconds remaining.

Alex Bourhas scored for the Mules at 6:34 of the second period. Carter Breitenfeldt and Justin Grillo picked up the assists.

 

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