Haney '14 gives men's ice hockey overtime win at Tufts
Hamilton College's Evan Haney ’14 scored with 33 seconds left in overtime and the Continentals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 NESCAC win against Tufts University at Valley Forum on Friday night.
Haney converted a rebound to beat Tufts goalkeeper Ryan Kellenberger ’17 for his second goal of the season and the fourth game winner of his career. Kellenberger had recorded three saves in overtime. He finished with 34 saves in suffering his second overtime loss in three games.
The win was Hamilton’s first in overtime since a 5-4 victory against visiting Colby College in last year’s regular-season finale. Haney scored the game-winning goal in that game as well. He’s the first Continental with two overtime goals since Bryan Kelly '11 in 2010. The Continentals improved to 4-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the NESCAC.
Xavier Morin ’17 and Matt Tetro ’16 both picked up their first point this season by assisting on the game-winning goal. Charlie Fennell ’17 made 28 saves -- including three in the extra period -- and earned his first career overtime win.
Mike DiMare ‘14, the nation’s third-leading scorer, assisted on a pair of second period goals for Hamilton. Kenny Matheson '16 scored his sixth goal 13 seconds into the period and tied the score at 1-1. A power-play goal by Pat Curtis '15 (his third of the season) put the Continentals up 2-1 at 7:15 of the second. Conor Lamberti ‘17, who has an assist in four straight games, assisted on Curtis’ go-ahead goal.
DiMare’s two assists raised his team-leading totals to 23 points and 15 assists. He’s scored 89 points in 76 career games, which leaves him 11 away from becoming the program’s 26th 100-point scorer. Robbie Murden ’17 also assisted on Matheson’s goal. Murden is ranked fourth in Division III in rookie scoring with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists).
The Jumbos (3-10-0, 1-6) scored a late goal in each of the first two periods. Brendan Fadden ’14 scored his third goal of the year with 29 seconds left in the opening period and an unassisted goal by Kyle Gallegos ’14 (his seventh) tied the score at 2-2 with 26 seconds to go in the second period. Keith Campbell ’16 picked up his seventh assist on the team’s first goal.
Hamilton’s penalty-killing unit stopped both Tufts chances. In their past nine games, the Continentals have killed 45 of 50 power-play opportunities and scored four short-handed goals.
The Continentals extended their all-time series lead over Tufts to 12-5. Hamilton has won seven of the past nine meetings.
Hamilton continues its NESCAC weekend with a 3 p.m. game at Connecticut College on Saturday, Jan. 18. The Jumbos host Amherst College at 3 p.m.