CLINTON, N.Y.--The Hamilton College men's hockey team exploded for a 9-2 NESCAC win over visiting Connecticut College Saturday at Russell Sage Rink.
Hamilton improved to 13-6-2 overall and 8-5-2 in the NESCAC. The Camels fell to 3-16-2 with the setback (0-13-2 NESCAC). The Camels will return home Friday night when they take on Colby for a 7:00 p.m. game in New London. Saturday, the Camels will honor their four seniors prior to their game against Bowdoin.
Brandon Willett '18 led Hamilton with a goal and three assists – he opened the scoring with his seventh goal this winter, then assisted on three of the hosts' next four goals.
The Continentals opened a seven-goal lead before the Camels spoiled the shutout bid with a pair of third-period goals, but Hamilton still outscored the visitors 4-2 in the final period with three of those goals coming from first-time scorers.
Willett opened the scoring eight minutes into play, tipping home a shot taken by Jason Brochu '19 that was initially stopped before squirting to the wide-open right post. Willett set up his line mate Robbie Murden '17 three minutes later; the goal was Murden's team and NESCAC-leading 14th of the season.
Scott Vazquez '19 notched the game-winning goal 2:15 into the second and the Continentals added two more second-period goals – both were scored by Conway and set up by Willett.
Conway's second goal came when Willett intercepted a Camel clearing attempt below the left face-off circle and connected with Conway, who sent a waist-high shot past Austin Essery, the second of three goaltenders used by Connecticut College.
Even Buitenhuis '18 finished with 22 saves to earn his 12th win of the season.
Tim DiPretoro ended the Camels' offensive drought with just over eight minutes left, sending the puck between Buitenhuis' pads for his team-leading 13th goal. Sebastian Meltzer gave the Camels their second goal 2:42 later; after Buitenhuis slowed a shot by Dylan Chase, Meltzer was able to get a stick on the puck that had gotten behind Buitenhuis.
Camel Tracks-Not Including Saturday Night's Game
Connecticut College senior forward Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season in a loss to Tufts Saturday night. DiPretoro ranks second in NESCAC goals scored and has dished out eight assists to rank fourth in the conference with 20 points this winter. Senior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) has racked up 18 points to rank seventh in the NESCAC.
With his eight markers, Birmingham is ranked eighth in NESCAC goals scored. He is 10th in the league with his 10 assists. Junior Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) has dished out 12 assists to rank third in the conference. Giordano has potted five goals this winter and ranks ninth in the conference with his 17 points. Senior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) has made 1,727 saves during the course of his career and has posted a 2.84 goals against average to go with a .909 save percentage in 60 starts between the pipes.