Colby edges men's ice hockey in overtime
The Colby College Mules won their third overtime game this season, handing the Hamilton College Continentals a 3-2 loss in NESCAC play at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.
The Mules (10-7-3, 7-6-1 NESCAC) scored the game-winning goal 1:18 into the extra period.
Hamilton (4-12-3, 3-9-2) had fought back to even the score at 2-2 in the second period, then killed off five penalties with the score tied before the Mules won the game on their first shot in overtime. Ben Chwick ‘14, who had assisted on Colby’s two previous overtime goals this year, took a pass from Jack Bartlett ‘14 and beat Hamilton goaltender Charlie Fennell ’17 with a close shot from the left side for his 14th goal and his third game winner. Nick Lanza ‘14, who scored the Mules’ first two overtime goals this season, also assisted on the play. Bartlett, who also assisted on Colby’s first goal, raised his total to a team-leading 17.
Pat Curtis ’15 scored both Hamilton goals for the second two-goal game of his career. Curtis put the Continentals up 1-0 at 6:13 of the first with his team-high fifth power-play goal (and sixth overall). Robbie Murden ’17 picked up his 13th assist and Marko Brelih ’16 added his fourth.
The Mules scored two second-period goals in less than three minutes to take the lead. Lanza picked up his 12th goal on a wrist shot from in front to tie the score at 1-1 at 9:55. Geoff Sullivan ’17 followed a faceoff win in the Continental end by pushing a tight shot past Fennell with 7:28 left. Chwick, who won the faceoff to set up Sullivan’s goal, also assisted on Lanza’s goal for 13 helpers this season.
Curtis took a pass from Kenny Matheson ’16 late in the second period and carried the puck from center ice before beating Colby’s Sam Parker ’15 from the right circle. Matheson’s assist was his 12th and Mike DiMare ’14 collected his team-best 18th assist. DiMare ranks fifth in Division III in that category and raised his career total to 93 points. He’s seven away from becoming the 26th Hamilton men's player to reach 100 career points.
Parker finished with 31 saves and Fennell stopped 25 shots, including five during more than nine minutes of Colby power-play opportunities. The Continentals killed all five Mule chances, including a five-on-three advantage for 1:41 to start the third.
Hamilton kicks off its final home weekend of the season on Saturday, Feb. 15, hosting Tufts University at 7 p.m. The Mules host Wesleyan University on Friday at 7 p.m.