Hamilton College’s Ben Zimmerman ’26 scored two goals and the Continentals handed the Trinity College Bantams their first NESCAC loss, 3-1, at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.
The Continentals won their third straight and improved to 3-2-0 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Nationally ranked No. 11 Trinity fell to 3-2-0 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC.
How It Happened
Both teams registered 11 shots in the first period but no goals. Zimmerman changed that 3:47 into the second period when he gained control of a loose puck in the slot, skated to his right and slid a wrist shot into the back of the net. Zimmerman made it 2-0 just 51 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal on an opportunity that started late in the second after the Bantams were whistled for a roughing penalty. Nick Hawkins ’23 sent a pass from behind the goal to Zimmerman, who went down to one knee and scored on a one-timer. Nicholas Siffringer cut Trinity’s deficit in half with 8:34 left as he set up at the edge of the crease and tipped a slap shot by Jacob Borgida. The Bantams, who finished with 14 shots on goal in the third period, pulled their goaltender with 1:20 remaining for an extra skater. A few seconds later, Jackson Krock ’26 collected a turnover in Hamilton’s defensive zone along the left boards. He skated past center ice and scored on the empty net with 63 seconds to go. Trinity managed two more shots on goal in the final minute but Charlie Archer ’25 stopped both of them and preserved the victory.
Archer, who has a 1.68 goals against average and .944 save percentage in three starts, made a career-high 30 saves. Zimmerman’s goals were his first with the Continentals. Krock’s goal was his first at Hamilton, but he leads the team with four points. He was also credited with an assist on Zimmerman’s first goal. Hawkins’ assist was his third this season and the 16th of his career. Grisha Gotovets ’25 picked up his first point this season and his 14th career assist with the Continentals. Fred Allaire ’23 won 14 of 23 faceoffs and Sean McAvoy ’23 won 7 of 11 for Hamilton. Hamilton blocked 15 shots. J.P. Mella turned away 23 shots for the Bantams. The Bantams had averaged 5.5 goals in their first four games. The Continentals were 1-for-3 on the power play while Trinity was scoreless in three opportunities. Hamilton has won three in a row and four of the last five meetings with the Bantams.
The Continentals host Wesleyan University (4-1-0, 2-1 NESCAC) for another conference matchup on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.