A Claire McGennis goal and Teagan Brown shutout led #8 Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey to victory on Saturday afternoon.
Sometimes less is more, as was demonstrated on Saturday afternoon at Russell Sage Rink – the home of the Hamilton College Continentals.
Just one goal was scored in the highly anticipated matchup between the #7 Utica Pioneers and #8 Continentals. It was all that was needed in a game that did not fail to live up to the hype, as Hamilton defeated their visitors 1-0.
Saturday’s game featured two teams with contrasting styles. On one bench there were the high-flying Pioneers – who defeated the Neumann Knights by a combined score of 21-0 in two games last weekend. On the other was the home team Continentals, who play with an aggressive forecheck that tends to keep their opponents limited in their offensive opportunities.
In this game, it was the goaltenders who took center stage. Hamilton’s Teagan Brown and Utica’s Angela Hawthorne proved to be very stingy during this holiday season matchup.
A scoreless first period gave way to wide wide-open second stanza. The teams combined for thirty shots on goal (eighteen for Utica and twelve for Hamilton). The physicality that usually comes when two regional rivals meet was also ramped up and resulted in the game’s only goal. With two seconds remaining on a roughing penalty to Utica’s Cortney Staniszewski, the home team took advantage.
Brown did the splits to stop Hailey Modlin of the Pioneers on a shorthanded chance all alone on the Continental’s net. From there McGennis fired a shot from the left circle that eluded Hawthorne for the only marker of the contest.
Utica thought they had tied the score approximately five minutes later, but their goal was waived off. The officials ruled a rebound off of a Hailey Modlin shot was touched by a high stick and ruled no goal.
Hamilton continued with their aggressive forecheck throughout the period, but it nearly cost them. They took four minor penalties in the second period alone, including one that carried over into the third. The Pioneers ultimately could not take advantage and wound up going 0/5 on the power play for the game.
The Continentals outshot the Pioneers eight to three in the third period (Hamilton outshot Utica 28-26 for the entire game). When the final buzzer sounded, it was the Continentals who skated with a 1-0 victory. With the win, Hamilton College improved their record to 5-2-1 overall (1-2-1 in the NESCAC). Utica suffered its first regulation defeat of 2023-24 and is 9-1-2 overall (6-0-2 in the UCHC). Both teams are now off until January for their end-of-semester breaks.
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