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HAMILTON WINS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 8-4 VICTORY

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Posted December 11, 1997
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Brian Coakley and Joe Baudo each had three goals to lead Hamilton to an 8-4 win over Elmira and the championship of its own Round-Robin Tournament. The Continentals, ranked seventh in the latest NCAA East Region poll, defeated the second (Elmira) and third (Fredonia) ranked teams in the poll in the tournament. Hamilton also won its sixth game in a row to improve to 7-2-0 overall.

Hamilton scored on its first shot on goal as Ed Cassin beat Elmira goalie Stephen Bidus with a blast from the point at 7:07 of the first. It looked like it would be an easy day for the Continentals as Chris Baudo and Brian Coakley also scored first-period goals, Coakley on the power play, giving Hamilton a 3-0 lead after one. Joe Baudo scored another power-play goal for the Continentals at 2:55 of the second and Coakley added his second goal of the game just two minutes later, resulting in a 5-0 Hamilton lead.

Elmira finally got on the board at 14:16 of the second with a goal by Chris Kavanaugh. Then, at 18:19, Peter Vasicko scored a short-handed goal to bring the Soaring Eagles to within three at 5-2. Elmira made it 5-3 on a power-play tally bt G.T. Keenan at 8:00 of the third. Brian Coakley answered with his third goal at 14:50 and the game appeared out of reach. But Mark Bissenthal brought Elmira within two again at 6-4 after the Soaring Eagles pulled their goaltender. But Joe Baudo scored two short-handed goals in the final two minutes to clinch the victory for the Continentals.

Elmira goaltender Jim Dineenn played well in relief of strarter Stephen Bidus, making 23 saves. Hamilton goaltender Brent Davey had 28 saves and improved to 6-0 on the season. Coakley was named tournament MVP.

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