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HAMILTON CAPTURES ECAC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

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Posted March 8, 1998
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The Hamilton College men's hockey team saved their best performance for last, as the Continentals combined timely offense with a solid defense in defeating host Connecticut College 2-1 in sudden death overtime to win the 1998 ECAC East ice hockey championship.

Rob Rigg scored the winning goal at the 3:56 mark of the first overtime on assists from Brian Coakley and Mike Phalen. Rigg's goal capped a unbelievable run through the playoffs, as Hamilton won two of their games in sudden death.

"It was a two-on-one and the defenseman went to the other player," Rigg said. I shot it on the blocker side. The rebound was just kind of sitting out there and I just put it in."

Sophomore netminder Brent Davey, who stopped 23 Camel shots and allowed on five goals in the playoffs, was named the tournament's MVP. Davey exemplified the type of play that Hamilton exhibited in the playoffs, especially playing back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

"These guys continually matured and got stronger and better," Hamilton head coach Phil Grady said. "We really outworked both our opponents (Connecticut College and semifinal opponent Salem State) and fortunately this one went our way.

Hamilton fell behind 1-0 at the 13:14 mark of the second period, but tied the game on a Chris Baudo power-play goal just 14 seconds into the third period, but for the next 23 minutes, Davey and Camel goalie Matt Proulx (42 saves) took over.

"Their goalie played just an amazing game," Rigg added. "It was an even game throughout--we were just luck enough to come out on top."

Hamilton finished their season with an 16-8-3 record, including a 11-2-1 mark in their last 14 games and Rigg and his teammates are ready to build on the late-season push.

"It's (winning for the seniors) a special feeling. This program has been around forever, so to finally win one is great. To get to the nationals, that's definitely the goal for next year."

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