CLINTON, N.Y. – Hamilton College’s Ben Zimmerman ’26 posted a goal and two assists in the Continentals’ 3-1 NESCAC win against the Colby College Mules at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.
The Continentals (10-8-1, 8-4-1 NESCAC) have two wins and a tie in their last three conference games, and moved past Colby into fourth place in the NESCAC standings with five games to go. The Mules (10-7-2, 8-4-1) edged Hamilton 4-3 in Maine on Jan. 6.
How It Happened
Fred Allaire ’23 gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead with 4:03 left in the first period on a power-play goal. James Philpott ’25 took a shot from the point and Allaire deflected it past goaltender Andy Beran. Colby had two shots bang off the crossbar about 15 seconds apart early in the first during a power play. The Mules tied the score with 6:32 remaining in the second period on a goal by Carter Breitenfeldt. Alex Bourhas and Max O’Brien had the assists. Hamilton went back in front just 86 seconds later. A shot by Sean Thomson ’23 was turned aside by Beran, but Zimmerman was in the slot for the rebound, and he stuffed the puck into the net. Colby pulled Beran for an extra skater with about 90 seconds to go in the third period. A short time later, Cade Groton ’23 gained control of the puck in a scrum along the boards in front of the Continentals’ bench and threw it down the ice. Groton’s shot slowly tumbled over the goal line and into the back of the net for an empty-net tally with 1:08 left.
Jack Grant ’24, who was selected the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday, allowed one goal for the third straight game. Grant made 12 of his 22 saves in the second period. He has a 1.86 goals against average and .939 save percentage in nine starts. Zimmerman leads Hamilton with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. Allaire has 15 goals and 36 points in his career with the Continentals. He also won 12 of 19 faceoffs. Groton picked up his 11th goal and 24th point at Hamilton. Thomson recorded a point for the second straight game. Philpott has eight assists in 16 games this season. The Continentals were 1-for-5 on the power play and killed all four of the Mules’ chances.
Hamilton hosts Bowdoin College (11-6-2, 5-6-2) for another NESCAC contest on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.