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Hamilton College Men advance in NESCAC Tournament

Credit: Scott Kinville

The Hamilton College Continentals Men’s Hockey Team held off a late charge by Amherst on Saturday afternoon at Sage Rink, defeating the Mammoths 4-3. With the victory, the Continentals advance to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament next Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut against Tufts.

Jackson Krock had two goals, and goaltender Jack Grant made 30 saves to lead the Continentals to victory. Grisha Gotovets (one goal and one assist) and Luke Tchor (two assists) also had multi-point games for Hamilton.

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The Continentals opened the scoring on the power play about halfway through the first period. James Philpott sent a pass from the point to Luke Tchor, whose shot from the right circle was knocked down by Amherst goaltender Alex Wisco. Krock was right there to put the loose puck in for his first goal of the game. With 1:45 remaining in the first, the home team took a 2-0 lead when Grisha Gotovets slid a shot past Wisco and in from the goal line.

Hamilton goaltender Jack Grant plays the puck behind his net during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

With a raucous crowd at Russell Sage Rink buzzing from their team’s effort in the first period, the Continentals added to their lead in the second when Krock struck on the power play again. Tchor sent a pass to the sophomore, who roofed a shot from in close to make the score 3-0. The Mammoths would get one back with 1:05 left in the period. Tyler Bourque took a pass from Josh Burke and wired a shot past Grant and into the top of the net to make the score 3-1 after forty minutes of play.

Hamiton’s William Neault (#4) looks to make a play during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Matt Gellerman extended the Hamilton lead to three with 9:55 left in the third when he hammered a one-timer from between the circles past Wisco and in. The Mammoths answered right back less than two minutes later when Burke down the left side of the Hamilton zone and snapped a shot past Grant into the top of the net. It was Burke’s second point of the game.

After Burke’s goal, Amherst continued to press. With 2:43 remaining, Hamilton’s Justin Biraben took a slashing penalty and put the Mammoths on a much-needed power play. With Wisco on the bench for an extra skater, they pulled within one with 1:15 remaining. Amherst leading scorer Ryan Tucker put a rebound past Grant to suddenly turning a festive atmosphere tense.

It would be all the visitors would get, however, and the Continentals hung on for the 4-3 victory. Hamilton now has an overall record of 17-7-1 and is 11-6-1 in the NESCAC.

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