Men's ice hockey advances to Skidmore Invitational championship game
Mike DiMare '14 and Anthony Scarpino '12 each scored two goals, and Hamilton College skated to a 5-5 tie with SUNY Brockport in the Skidmore College Invitational at Saratoga Springs City Rink on Nov. 26.
Hamilton advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 win in a shootout. The Continentals will take on Skidmore on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. Skidmore hammered Nichols College 8-2 to earn a spot in the title game.
Bryan Kelly '12 scored Hamilton's other goal. DiMare added an assist, and he and Scarpino are tied for the team lead with four points. Evan Haney '14, Bennett Schneider '14, Anthony Ruberto '13 and Pat Curtis '15 added one assist each. Cam Gibbar '13 made 26 saves in his first start in goal this season.
Nick Panepinto and Adam Shoff each scored two goals for Brockport. James Cody chipped in a goal and three assists. Ian Finnerty recorded two assists, and Marcus Farmer added one. Golden Eagles' goaltender Joe Reagan stopped 28 shots.
The Continentals' first two shooters, DiMare and Andrew Jelinek '13, scored in the shootout. Gibbar stopped a shot and forced another wide to secure a spot in the title game.
Kelly put the Continentals on the board first with a short-handed goal at 11:21 of the first period. Hamilton doubled its lead at 15:50 of the period with an unassisted goal by DiMare. The Continentals led 2-0 at the first intermission.
Brockport (1-6-2 overall) cut its deficit in half at 3:26 of the second with a goal by Panepinto. The Golden Eagles tied the score at 2-2 as Shoff scored at 12:31. DiMare gave Hamilton the lead again at 15:06 when he scored with both teams down a skater. The Continentals held a 3-2 advantage at the second intermission.
Panepinto pulled Brockport even again with a power-play goal at 8:04 of the third. Hamilton reclaimed the lead just over a minute later when Scarpino scored a power-play goal to make it 4-3. Cody's power-play goal at 14:48 tied the score once more.
The Continentals (1-1-1) took a 5-4 lead with 2:00 left. Curtis forced a turnover at the blue line, and sent a pass ahead to a streaking Scarpino, who buried the puck into the back of the net on a breakaway.
After a penalty with 1:39 remaining, the Golden Eagles were short-handed. Brockport pulled its goaltender for an extra skater, and the move paid off. Shoff's goal with 1:10 left pulled the two teams even one final time, and sent the game into overtime.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime period, the game ended in a tie. The two teams went to a shootout to determine which one would advance to the championship game.
Hamilton held a 33-31 shot advantage. The Continentals were 1-for-6 on the power play, while Brockport was 2-for-7.