CLINTON, NY -- The Williams Ephs (13-8-3, 10-5-3 NESCAC) were defeated by the Hamilton Continentals (17-3-4, 11-3-4 NESCAC) 5-1 this afternoon at the Russell Sage Rink. The Ephs got on the board early in the game, but the Continentals scored five unanswered goals to take the victory in the last game of the regular season.
The Ephs faced Amherst last night in Amherst, MA, and were unable to generate any successful offensive zone opportunities, coming away with a 1-0 loss in the tight matchup. The Continentals faced Middlebury at home last night and came away with a 5-2 victory.
Coming into this game, the Ephs had an overall record of 13-7-3 and were 10-4-3 in the NESCAC. The Continentals came into this game 16-3-4 overall with a conference record of 10-3-4.
In net for the Ephs this afternoon was sophomore Michael Pinios. Pinios played in the match against Amherst last night, only letting one shot get past him. Pinios has amassed a season save percentage of .890.
In the opposing crease was junior Evan Buitenhuis, who came into this match with an impressive .948 save percentage.
The Ephs got on the board first in the contest, early on in the first period. At 5:40 of the first, Eph senior Alex Hagerty was able to get one past Buitenhuis to bring the game to 1-0. This was Hagerty's seventh goal of the season. Hagerty was assisted on the play by junior Colby Cretella (ninth assist) and freshman Wyatt Glover (second assist).
The Continentals were granted the only two power play opportunities in the first period. Sophomore Keanu Hilaire for the Ephs was sent to the box for both two minute minors, the first for slashing, the second for tripping. The Eph special teams were able to kill both power plays.
Right at the buzzer for the first period, a penalty was called against Hamilton's sophomore Jason Brochu for cross checking.
After the first period, shots were 8-7, tipping just in favor of the Ephs.
The Ephs started off the second period on the power play. The Continentals were able to prevent the Ephs from capitalizing on the opportunity. This momentum generated from the penalty kill carried into Hamilton getting the equalizer at 3:24 of the second period. Williams senior Luke Stickel's brother, Hamilton sophomore Jon Stickel (second goal), brought the game to 1-1. Sophomores Richard Court (second assist) and Jonny Stimola (first assist) earned assists on the play.
Hamilton scored their second consecutive goal at 14:35 of the second period. Freshman Nick Ursitti (third goal) was able to find the back of the net on a play assisted by junior Neil Conway (16th assist) to bring the game to 2-1 headed into the third period.
Shot count in the second period was tied 6-6.
The third period continued the Continental scoring streak, the final 20 minutes allowing for three additional goals for Hamilton.
The first goal came at 2:12 of the third, when senior Seamus O'Neill scored his first goal of the season to bring the score to 3-1. Jon Stickel cashed in his second point of the game for his first assist of the year, and freshman Sterling Bray earned his ninth assist on the play.
The second goal came at 14:38 on a short-handed play facilitated by netminder Buitenhuis who earned his first assist of the season, who got the puck to freshman Blayne Oliver (second assist), who subsequently passed it to senior Truman Landowski, Landowski (sixth goal) finding an opening to get the puck past Pinios. This brought the game to 4-1, the short-handed play taking place while senior Jon Carkeek was in the box for interference.
The final goal of the game came at 16:27, when freshman Bennett Morrison was able to fire one past Pinios on a play facilitated by senior Conor Lamberti (11th assist) and sophomore Ian Nichols (third assist. The game ended with a score of 5-1.
Shot count in the third period was 10-10, for game totals of 24-23 in favor of the Ephs.
This was the last game of the regular season, NESCAC Championships will start next weekend, with matchups TBD.