Men's ice hockey rallies for 10th road win
Anthony Scarpino '12 netted a natural hat trick and Michael DiMare '14 chipped in two goals to rally Hamilton College to a 5-4 win against the University of Massachusetts-Boston in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East/New England Small College Athletic Conference crossover at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center on Feb. 18.
Hamilton (13-6-4 overall, 10-4-4 NESCAC) will host a NESCAC championship quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 26, against an undetermined opponent. The Continentals would clinch the No. 1 seed in the event with a win at Babson College on Saturday, Feb. 19. Hamilton last hosted a NESCAC postseason game in 2002. The Continentals are 5-0-2 in their last seven games, and 10-3-1 away from home.
The Beacons (14-10-0, 9-9 ECAC East) have lost three straight games. UMass Boston seemed to be in control with a 4-2 lead early in the second period, but Hamilton came from behind with three unanswered goals.
Scarpino notched his third hat trick at Hamilton and his first this season. DiMare posted his second multi-goal game. Joe Houk '13 and Joe Buicko '11 added two assists apiece. Buicko leads the team with 17 assists, and Houk leads in points with 30.
Scott Hefferman '11 started in goal for the Continentals, but allowed four goals on 12 shots. Joe Quattrocchi '14 relieved Hefferman 1:13 into the second period after the Beacons took a 4-2 lead, and stopped all 22 shots he faced for his first collegiate victory.
Hamilton struck on its first power play to take a 1-0 lead at 7:43 of the opening period. Nick Anderson '14 put a shot on net, Buicko tried to jam in the loose puck and it ended up bouncing out to DiMare, who buried the chance.
Just 52 seconds later, UMass Boston answered to tie the contest. Parked in the slot, Matt Atsoff '11 redirected a pass from Travis Daniel '14 and Brett Calhoun '11 for the tally. With a delayed penalty coming against the Beacons, the Continentals regained the lead 44 seconds after UMass Boston’s equalizer. Scarpino cleaned up in front of the net after shots by Tommy Williams '14 and Evan Haney '14.
Atsoff’s second goal of the game and 14th of the season once again knotted the score at 2-2. Chris Wilcox '13 hit Atsoff in stride in the neutral zone and the senior raced up the ice and dinged the shot off the inside of the far-side post from the faceoff circle on the power play at 14:51.
The Beacons grabbed their first lead with 1:01 to play in the period. Eric Tufman '11 put a shot on goal and Daniel redirected at 18:59 for his 11th of the season. Atsoff helped keep the puck in the zone for the secondary assist on the score for his third point of the opening frame.
UMass Boston had a two-minute 5-on-3 that covered the final 45 seconds of the first period and the opening 1:15 of the second, and finally connected with two ticks left on the advantage. Mark Grinhaus '14 buried a shot from in close with Atsoff and Wilcox earning the assists to bring the Beacons’ lead to 4-2.
However, Scarpino netted a pair of goals before the period was over to give him the natural hat trick and send the teams to the second intermission deadlocked at 4-4. Houk was credited with the assist on Scarpino’s first tally that crept through the pads of UMass Boston goalie Kevin Bendel '12 (30 saves) and barely crossed the goal line at 9:26. Scarpino then found the net for his eighth goal during a 5-on-3 advantage after attempts by Buicko and Andrew White '13 at 12:47.
DiMare scored his second of the night and 13th of the season at 4:47 of the third period to give Hamilton a 5-4 lead. Houk was credited with his second helper on what proved to be the game-winner.