Hamilton 1 Union 0
September 18, 1996
Brian Grzymski scored the game-winner at 39:32 of the second half as Hamilton blanked Union 1-0. Grzymski beat Union goalie Jeff Thomas with a low blast off a cross from Brendan Forrest. Mike Heffernan made five saves in goal to preserve the shutout for Hamilton. Thomas made eight saves for the Dutchmen. This was Hamilton's first win in a season opener since a 1987 1-0 victory over Clarkson.
Hamilton (1-0): Brian Grzymski 1-0, Brendan Forrest 0-1. Mike Heffernan 5 saves.