Hamilton College’s Matt Gellerman ’24 and Grisha Gotovets ’25 scored in the Continentals’ 4-2 non-conference loss to the Albertus Magnus College Falcons on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink.
Albertus Magnus (1-4-0) opened the scoring on a power play 4:55 into the first period. Tyler Ignazzitto took the initial shot from the blue line and Sean Storr ’22 (17 saves) made the first save, but the puck bounced off his pads to the left side where Ryan Colwell was able to hit it in before Storr could get across. Charles Risk was also credited with an assist.
Gellerman evened the score at 4:41 in the second period on the power play. James Philpott ’25 cycled the puck from center to Sean Thomson ’23 at the dot. Thomson went for the one-timer, but fell on the attempt. He still managed to hit the puck toward the net, so Albertus Magnus goatender Logan Bateman (32 saves) went to the corner of the crease to meet the puck. Bateman made the first save but wasn’t able to control the rebound, which went to the center of the crease where Gellerman was waiting. With nothing but net before him, he knocked it in quickly for his second goal of the season.
The goal came after an earlier tally by Gellerman was waved off during a prior power play. Gellerman got the puck at the blue line and fired a rocket that was tipped on its way to the back of the net, but the goal was quickly disallowed for touching the puck with a high stick.
Albertus Magnus retook the lead at 5:31 in the third. JJ Berdal carried the puck into the zone himself and fired a wrist shot over Storr’s shoulder. The Faclons doubled their lead at 8:58 in the third. Jonathan Stein beat the Continentals to the puck behind the net and passed it to Ignazzitto in the corner. Ignazzitto passed it to Alex Gagnon at the front of the net, and he beat Storr to the right side.
Hamilton pulled back to within one on Gotovets’ second goal this season with 5:29 left. After the 23rd penalty of the game was called on Ryan Malko for holding, Hamilton head coach Rob Haberbusch called the team’s timeout. Hamilton scored on the ensuing faceoff as Fred Allaire ’23 won the draw. Jordi Jefferson ’22 ended up with the loose puck and quickly passed to Gotovets at the blue line. Gotovets didn’t hesitate on his shot as he fired a twister to the far side of the net that beat Bateman as he tried to make it across.
Stein scored on an empty net with 58.3 seconds remaining after Storr left the ice for an extra skater. Gagnon and Ignazzitto received assists on the goal.
The Continentals outshot the Falcons 34-21, and Hamilton also beat Albertus Magnus at the dot by winning 40 of 76 faceoffs.
A central feature of the afternoon were the penalties. Across three periods 24 penalties were assessed, with 19 in the first two periods. Matching minors were assigned three times with two embellishment calls accompanying tripping and holding calls, respectively.
The Continentals return to the ice for the SUNY Canton Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 27 against SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m..