Hamilton skates past Southern Maine


CLINTON, N.Y. - Joe Buicko '11 and Bryan Kelly '12 scored two goals apiece to lead Hamilton College to a 4-1 win against the University of Southern Maine in a NESCAC/ECAC East men's ice hockey crossover game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 29.

Calvin Bartel '13 stopped 27 shots for Hamilton as his goals against average dipped to 2.99. Chris Lorenc '10 was credited with two assists. Lorenc leads the Continentals with 20 points.

Steve Wiedler '11 scored Southern Maine's goal and Mason St. Hilaire '12 made 29 saves.

Hamilton (9-6-2 overall, 6-5-1 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead at 9 minutes, 27 seconds of the first period on a power-play goal by Kelly. The Continentals ended up 2-for-3 with the extra skater. Hamilton held he Huskies scoreless in three chances, including 56 seconds of a 5-on-3 situation in the second period.

Southern Maine (8-8-2, 5-5-2 ECAC East) tied the score on Wiedler's second goal this season just 65 seconds into the second period. Mike Carpenter '11 and Pat Noonan '10 picked up the assists.

The Continentals responded with two goals later in the period. Kelly notched his fifth on another power play at 6:34. A shot by Anthony Ruberto '13 from the right circle was kicked away to Kelly, who put the puck into a wide open net from the left side. Buicko made the score 3-1 at 8:35 when he scored on a nifty move in front of the net.

Buicko clinched the win with his fourth goal at 1:47 of the third period. Hamilton, which is 4-0-1 in its last five games, held a 33-28 advantage in shots. The Continentals lead the all-time series, 11-2-1.

Hamilton hosts the University of New England for another NESCAC/ECAC East crossover on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Huskies travel to Amherst College on Saturday.

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