Colby College’s John McElaney scored 1:28 into sudden-victory overtime and lifted the Mules to a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Colby’s Jack Kelley Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton (7-8-0, 6-7 NESCAC) has played three straight overtime games and four of its last five have gone to the extra period. Fred Allaire ’23 won 12 of 18 faceoffs and Sean Storr ’22 made a season-high 33 saves. Storr has a 2.01 goals against average and .927 save percentage in 14 starts.
The nationally ranked No. 15 Mules (12-3-1, 9-2-1) received a goal and an assist from Quinn Doyle. Alex Bourhas won a team-high 14 faceoffs and Michael Morrissey won 11 of 14. Andy Beran turned away 14 shots with eight coming in the third period and overtime.
The teams split the season series as the Continentals prevailed 3-1 at home on Jan. 7. Hamilton killed all five of Colby’s power-play chances, including a 5-on-3 for 1:10 midway through the second period.
The Continentals didn’t trail until McElaney’s game-winner. Carter Dwyer ’23 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead just 3:42 into the first period on a wicked wrist shot into the top-left corner of the net from the high slot. Dwyer’s goal was his second this season, and Jordi Jefferson ’22 and Nick Hawkins ’23 had the assists. Jefferson is tied for the team lead with seven assists. Michael Thomas tied the score with 6:50 left in the first and just one second after a penalty on the Continentals expired.
Matt Gellerman ’24 restored Hamilton’s one-goal lead 2:35 into the second period on a one-timer from the slot as he fell to his knees. Gellerman leads the team with eight goals and Grisha Gotovets ’25 and Joey Moore ’22 collected the assists. Gotovets leads the Continentals with 12 points and Moore picked up his 18th career assist. Doyle drew the Mules even with 3:10 remaining in the period.
About 50 seconds into overtime, Allaire had his backhand shot denied by Beran as he drove hard to the right post while the teams skated 3-on-3. McElaney ended it a short time later with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle on a 2-on-1 breakaway.
Hamilton is back on the road at Tufts University for another NESCAC game on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.