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Hamilton College Men’s Hockey defeats #14 Trine

Charlie Archer turned in a thirty-two save shutout to lead the Continentals to victory.

The Hamilton College Continentals Men’s Hockey Team defeated the fourteenth-ranked Trine Thunder on November 26 to win the North Country Tournament. It’s unusual for non-conference opponents to face each other three times in a season, but that is what would happen for these teams this weekend.

The Continentals and Thunder met on Friday night and Saturday afternoon for a two-game set a month after their North Country Tournament clash. Although the games were home games for Hamilton, they were not played at Russell Sage Rink. Instead, they were played down the hill at the Continental’s “home away from home”, the Clinton Arena. It was a special weekend, as the proceeds from the games went to Clinton Youth Hockey.

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The Thunder even this season’s series on Friday night with a hard-fought 4-3 overtime win. Less than twenty-four hours later, the team would meet again to determine the season series winner. It wasn’t just about bragging rights, as critical votes in the USCHO poll were at stake. The Thunder have been ranked fourteenth for most of the season, while the Continentals have been receiving votes and are looking to crack the top fifteen.

The home team got on the scoreboard in the first period and never looked back. Just as a Hamilton power play had expired, Luke Tchor corralled s loose in front of the Trine net and snapped a shot past Thunder goaltender Kyle Kozma for the 1-0 lead. It was the only goal of the period. Charlie Archer kept the Trine attack bay, turning aside thirteen first-period shots.

Hamilton College’s Max Bulawka (#18) scored the game’s second goal on Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Continentals took a commanding three-goal lead in the second period. Max Bulawka beat Kozma from the left circle at the 10:27 mark to give his team a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, Hamilton made it 3-0 when Grisha Gotovets tipped a William Neault shot past a surprised Kozma to close the second-period scoring.

Grisha Gotovets scores the third goal of the game in Hamilton College’s 4-0 win over Trine on Saturday afternoon. Video credit: Scott Kinville.

Archer would continue to stymie the Trine attack throughout the third period en route to his third shutout victory this season. Noah Leibl finished the scoring with an empty net goal with 2:03 left sealing the 4-0 Continentals victory.

Bulawka (one goal and one assist), Tchor (one goal and one assist), and James Philpott (two assists), each had two points for the Continentals. With the win, Hamilton’s overall record now stands at 8-2-0 overall (4-1-0 NESCAC). They host Colby next Friday night and Bowdoin the following afternoon – both of those games will be at Russell Sage Rink. For more information about Hamilton College Continentals hockey, visit

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