Saturday, March 2nd
Hamilton 13-10-3 (10-5-3, NESCAC) – 1
#8 Trinity 18-3-5 (12-2-4, NESCAC) – 2 (OT)
Fourth seeded Hamilton traveled to top seed Trinity College Saturday to battle in the NESCAC semi-final. Trinity got out to a quick 1-0 lead only 15 seconds into the game after a wrist shot beat goaltender Anthony Tirabassi (52 saves).
Hamilton got a quick goal of their own tying the game at one all 44 seconds into the second period. While on the power-play Stephen Cochrane fired a shot from the point that was deflected in front by Jon Stickel and into the back of the net.
No one scored in the third, and the teams headed to overtime with Hamilton killing off the remaining 1:27 of a late third period penalty. Trinity had numerous chances to win the game early on in overtime, but Tirabassi was there time and time again to deny their efforts. Unfortunately the Bantams were too much to handle and they eventually netted the game winner at the 12:57 mark of overtime.
Trinity went on to win the NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 OT victory against Amherst on Sunday.
Hamilton only loses five seniors, but two of them are forwards Jason Brochu and Rory Gagnon who led the team in points with 22 and 18 respectively. Also graduating are forwards Jon Stickel and Ian Nichols and defenseman Ian Chen.
Saturday, March 2nd
UCHC Final (best of 3)
Manhattanville 16-8-5 (11-4-3, UCHC) – 2
Utica 20-6-2 (14-3-1, UCHC) – 5
After Manhattanville jumped out to a early 1-0 lead 28 seconds into the game, Utica responded with three unanswered goals. Brad Becker scored the equalizer at 15:11 of the first with assists going to Tyler Dill and Justin Allen before back-to-back Pioneers power-play goals late in the second. The first came off the stick of Conor Landrigan at 17:48 assisted by Gregg Burmaster and Daniel Fritz. A minute and a half later Utica extended their lead to 3-1 on Tyler Pietrowski’s marker that was assisted by Dill and Landrigan.
Manhattanville pulled within one 4:40 into the third, but Jamie Bucell and Burmaster scored to put the game out of reach and give the Pioneers a 1-0 series lead. Gianluca Baggetta was once again great in net stopping 37 shots.
Sunday, March 3rd
UCHC Final (best of 3)
Manhattanville 17-8-5 (11-4-3, UCHC) – 4
Utica 20-7-2 (14-3-1, UCHC) – 3
Brandon Young gave Utica a 1-0 lead midway through the first, but the Valiants responded quickly tying the game up only 40 seconds later. Then in the second the visitors went ahead 2-1 at the 10:05 mark. Soon after the Pioneers went on the power-play and Burmaster tied the game at two assisted by Fritz and Landrigan.
Manhattanville once again took the lead at 10:27 of the third, but Shawn Lynch was able to tie the game once again at with just under two minutes to play in the game. Manhattanville knew a loss or a tie meant their season was over and scored with 5.8 seconds left to win game 2 by a score of 4-3. Baggetta made 27 saves in the loss.
Under the new UCHC playoff format, the teams headed to the locker room for an intermission while the ice was resurfaced. They then came back out and played one 20 minute period to determine who would be crowned UCHC champs and earn the first ever auto-bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Manhattanville got on the board first with 7:15 remaining in the 20 minute game putting his team ahead 1-0. The Valiants then went ahead 2-0 with only 1:44 remaining, but Utica wouldn’t go down without a fight. With 57 seconds remaining Pietrowski scored to bring the home team within one. However, Manhattanville fought off the 6-on-5 attack for the final 57 seconds and earned the 2-1 victory in both the game and the series.
Gregg Burmaster (Clinton, NY) and Daniel Fritz were named to the 2019 UCHC Men’s Hockey All-Tournament Team.
Utica was hoping to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament, but those were awarded to Hobart, U-Mass Boston, SUNY Oswego, and Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The top three point getters for Utica will all graduate this spring, but the rest of the roster will be returning for the 2019-20 season. Gregg Burmaster led the team with 20 goals and 26 assists, followed by Shawn Lynch (11G and 16A), and defenseman Zach Borsoi (9G and 11A).