The Hamilton College Continentals remained undefeated and extended their win streak to four games with a 3-2 non-conference win over the Utica College Pioneers on Sunday afternoon inside Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink.
The Continentals (4-0-0 overall) received votes in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Top 10 coaches poll. Hamilton scored a goal in each period and out-shot Utica 45-29. Sidney Molnar ’22 recorded 27 saves for the Continentals. Molnar has a 1.00 goals against average and .969 save percentage in three starts.
Hamilton’s first goal came at 17:42 in the first period. Abby Kuhns ’23 took a shot from the point that got lost in front of the net. Maura Holden ’23 found the loose puck and passed to Jess Haviland ’22 who fed it to Hyla Mosher ’23 on the left side and she poked it in for her first goal in her season debut.
Holden scored the Continentals’ second goal at 12:07 in the second period on a power play. Mya Berretta ’22 passed the puck to Sami Quackenbush ’24 at the point and Holden, who was in the slot, deflected Quackenbush’s blast for her second goal this season.
Utica (6-2-0) scored one minute later after the Pioneers picked up a loose puck that was banked off the boards and put it in on the blocker side off a tip-in.
Hamilton capitalized on another Utica penalty and scored its third goal with 4:51 left in the third period. Nancy Loh ’23 scored off her own rebound for her second goal this season and the 23rd of her collegiate career.
The Pioneers scored their second goal with 3:41 remaining in the third. Brooke Hubert picked up another loose puck off the boards, skated into the Hamilton zone and put it in blocker side for her second goal of the day. Utica managed just one shot on goal the rest of the period as the Pioneers were unable to pull Savannah Gutierrez (42 saves) for an extra skater late.
The Continentals are back home this upcoming weekend for NESCAC action against Williams College. They will play the Ephs on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and then again on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.