CLINTON, N.Y. – Hamilton College’s Fred Allaire ’23 scored twice and the Continentals rallied for an 8-5 NESCAC win against the Connecticut College Camels at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.
The Continentals (12-8-1, 10-4-1 NESCAC) extended their unbeaten streak to five games. Conn. College (5-16-0, 2-13) had won its previous three contests.
How It Happened
John Russo gave the Camels a 5-4 lead with his goal just 17 seconds into the third period. Allaire tied the score on the only power-play goal of the night with 8:45 left when he deflected a shot by Ben Zimmerman ’26. Jackson Krock ’26 put Hamilton in the lead for good with 6:44 remaining. Conn. College pulled its goaltender for an extra skater with about 90 seconds to go, but Nick Hawkins ’23 found the empty net for a 7-5 advantage with 1:21 to go. James Philpott ’25 added another empty-net goal and clinched the victory with 4.1 seconds remaining. The Camels grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a goal by Cole Eichler 53 seconds into the first period and another by John Harrington at 5:07 when Harrington’s centering pass went in off a Hamilton defender. The Continentals answered with three consecutive goals and took a 3-2 edge into the first intermission. Allaire scored unassisted at 7:25, Max Bulawka ’26 tied it 10:20 into the first and Grisha Gotovets ’25 scored on a fantastic individual effort with 5:54 to go. Devan Newhook drew Conn. College even 2:06 into the second period as Eichler picked up the assist. Cade Groton ’23 put Hamilton back in front at 3:53 of the second on assists from Zimmerman and Hawkins. Eichler tied it at 4-4 at 5:17 of the period on a feed from Rocco Testa-Basi.
Allaire added an assist for the first three-point game of his career with the Continentals. He also won 15 of 22 faceoffs. Gotovets had a goal and two helpers for his first three-point game at Hamilton. Hawkins, Philpott, Bulawka and Krock had a goal and an assist each. Zimmerman had two assists and leads the team with 14. He also has a team-high 20 points. Bulawka won 10 of 13 faceoffs as the Continentals won 36 of 57 draws as a team. Hamilton’s Jack Grant ’24 made 22 saves and won his fourth straight start. Eichler led the Camels’ offense with two goals and an assist. Cam Fernandez stopped 25 shots, including 15 in the second period, for Conn. College. The Continentals were 1-for-3 on the power play and killed both of their penalties. The eight goals are the most by the Continentals since a 9-2 win against Conn. College on Feb. 13, 2016.
Hamilton will honor its eight seniors prior to the Continentals’ NESCAC home game against Tufts University (7-13-1, 4-10-1) on Saturday, Feb. 11. The first puck drops at 3 p.m.