Men's hockey edged by Tufts, Bulawka '26 scores in third straight – Hamilton College


CLINTON, N.Y. – Tufts University’s Peyton Durand made 36 saves and the Jumbos edged the Hamilton College Continentals 2-1 in a NESCAC game played at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.


Season Update

The Continentals (12-9-1, 10-5-1 NESCAC) had won their previous four conference games. Tufts (8-13-1, 5-10-1) salvaged a split of the two-game season series after Hamilton won 5-2 in Massachusetts on Jan. 14.


How It Happened

The Jumbos won with defense as they blocked 16 shots, killed seven power plays and received solid goaltending from Durand. The Continentals had more than 10 minutes of power-play time, including a 5-on-3 for 1:20 midway through the third period, but didn’t convert. Harrison Bazianos scored the game-winner with 6:45 left in the third period. Bazianos also had the primary assist on Tufts’ first goal at 11:49 of the first period when Cole Dubicki knocked in the rebound of a shot by Bazianos that was stopped by Charlie Archer ’25. Max Bulawka ’26 tied the score with 8:55 left in the second period. Bulawka won a faceoff in Hamilton’s offensive zone back to Alex Danis ’26, who passed the puck to Jeremy Smith ’24. Smith maneuvered into the right faceoff circle and slid a pass over to Bulawka in the slot for a one-timer that Durand had no chance to stop. The Continentals pulled Archer for an extra skater for most of the last 2:40 of the third, but managed just two shots on goal.  


Bulawka scored a goal for the third straight game and is second on the team with seven. Danis picked up his seventh assist. Smith collected his first point this season. Archer made 10 of his 23 saves in the third period. Fred Allaire ’23 won 17 of 27 faceoffs. Hamilton honored its eight seniors prior to the start of the game.  

Next Game

The Continentals are at Middlebury College (5-17-0, 4-12) for another NESCAC contest on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.


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