Men's ice hockey edged by No. 11 Williams in OT
Williams College's Cody Skinner '13 scored with 11.4 seconds left in sudden-victory overtime and lifted the nationally ranked No. 11 Ephs to a 4-3 NESCAC win against Hamilton College at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 16.
Williams (15-6-3 overall, 12-4-2 NESCAC) trailed 3-0 after two periods, but scored three goals in the final six minutes of the third. The Ephs finished the regular season with a 7-3-2 record away from home.
Williams finished in second place in the conference standings and will host a NESCAC championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Continentals (6-15-3, 4-12-2) ended up in eighth place and grabbed the last spot in the quarterfinals.
Paul Steinig '14 and David Jarrett '15 posted one goal and one assist apiece for Williams. Greg Johnson '16 notched the other goal. Evan Dugdale '13 was credited with two assists and Nick Anderson '14, Eric Rubino '13 and Mike Brofft '13 added one helper each. Sean Dougherty '15 made 21 saves, including two in overtime, and improved to 13-6-2 in goal.
Nick Vassos '15 paced the Continentals' offense with one goal and one assist. Marko Brelih '16 and Anthony Ruberto '13 tallied the other goals. Ruberto leads the team with nine goals.
Pat Curtis '15, Kenny Matheson '16, Dom Jancaterino '14, Andrew Jelinek '13 and Bennett Schneider '14 had one assist each for Hamilton. Joe Quattrocchi '14 turned away 32 shots.
In overtime, Hamilton had a chance to win with 20 seconds left, but Brian McNamara ’15 dove in front of the net to stop Matheson’s shot. Steinig came up with the loose puck and sent a long pass off the right boards ahead to Dugdale. Dugdale received the pass in the neutral zone and skated into the right faceoff circle, where he fed Skinner for the one-timer and his sixth goal this season.
In the first period, Williams went on the attack with a power-play opportunity at 7:29. The Ephs tallied three shots on goal that were all stopped by Quattrocchi. Hamilton scored on its first power play with 5:47 remaining in the period. Vassos received a pass from Jancaterino behind the net and centered the puck to Brelih in the slot for the one-timer. Brelih's sixth goal gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead after one period.
The Continentals picked up in the second period right where they left off with another power-play goal just 46 seconds into the period. Matheson skated with the puck along the left boards and passed to Curtis in the middle of the left faceoff circle. Curtis fired a wrist shot that was kick saved by Dougherty, but Vassos was there to bang it in for his second goal and a 2-0 lead.
Hamilton went up 3-0 at 4:50 of the second. Jelinek started the play with a pass to Schneider near the Continentals' own zone. Schneider carried the puck through the neutral zone and sent a short pass to Ruberto on his right for a slap shot from just inside the blue line that beat Dougherty glove side.
The Ephs finally broke out of their scoring slump on a short-handed goal with 5:56 left in the third. Rubino held the puck on the left side and fed Jarrett on the right for a slap shot that beat Quattrocchi top shelf for Jarrett's fourth goal. Johnson cut the deficit to 3-2 on his second goal this season with 3:25 remaining when he capitalized on a rebound chance. Anderson and Brofft earned the assists.
Steinig completed the comeback on a power-play goal with 1:34 left in regulation. Dugdale held the puck near the left faceoff circle and passed to Jarrett at the point. Jarrett passed to Steinig in the middle of the right faceoff circle for a wrist shot and his fourth goal.
The Ephs enjoyed a 36-24 shot advantage, and finished 1-for-3 on the power play. The Continentals were 2-for-4 on power-play opportunities.
Hamilton ended the regular season with seven losses in its last eight games. Williams has won the last four meetings with the Continentals, including 2-1 on Dec. 8 in Massachusetts, and the Ephs lead the all-time series, 68-54-12.