Men's ice hockey routs Tufts, 6-0
Joe Quattrocchi '14 stopped all 43 shots he faced to lead Hamilton College to a 6-0 win over Tufts University in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 12.
It was the second shutout of Quattrocchi's Hamilton career. The Continentals snapped an eight-game winless streak.
Pat Curtis '15 posted two goals and one assist, and Mike DiMare '14 tallied two goals. DiMare leads the NESCAC with 33 points, and ranks second with 16 goals. Anthony Ruberto '13 and Evan Haney '14 scored the other goals. Andrew White '13 collected three assists, and BJ Lalonde '12, Sam Choate '12, Bennett Schneider '14, Dom Jancaterino '14 and Anthony Scarpino '12 added one apiece. Scarpino has recorded at least one point in nine straight games.
Scott Barchard '12 stopped 31 shots in 59 minutes, 47 seconds in goal for Tufts. The Jumbos were outscored 14-0 in two NESCAC road games this weekend. Tufts defeated Hamilton 4-3 at home on Jan. 14.
Hamilton (8-11-3 overall, 4-10-2 NESCAC) got out to an early lead 3:35 into the first period when Haney tallied his fourth goal. Choate played the puck from the right circle to Schneider at the point for a slap shot, and Haney redirected the shot past Barchard.
The Continentals doubled their lead at 12:33 of the first. Curtis collected the puck from behind the net and threw a pass to White at the point. After White's slap shot was initially saved by Barchard, DiMare was there to bang home the rebound. Hamilton led 2-0 at the first intermission.
Curtis stretched the Continentals's lead to 3-0 at 4:26 of the second period. After winning a faceoff in the left circle of Tufts' defensive zone, Curtis skated in on goal and lifted a wrist shot into the top of the net.
Tufts (11-9-3, 8-7-1) had a good opportunity to narrow its deficit at 5:55 of the period when Cody Armstrong '14 skated up the left side on a rush and fired a wrist shot toward the far post. But Quattrocchi was there to make the save and preserve Hamilton's three-goal lead.
Ruberto's power-play goal put the Continentals ahead 4-0 at 11:29 of the second. After Jancaterino's shot from between the circles on a Hamilton rush was initially saved, Ruberto was there to pound home the rebound for his sixth goal. The Continentals led 4-0 at the second intermission.
The Jumbos had another good chance to get on the board with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period. Evan Story '12 skated around a Hamilton defender and slid a wrist shot from the slot towards the bottom right corner of the goal. But Quattrocchi made a kick save and blocked a second shot before covering the puck.
DiMare's power-play goal during Hamilton's two-man advantage gave the Continentals a 5-0 lead with 4:48 remaining. DiMare passed the puck to Lalonde outside the right post, and Lalonde sent it right back to DiMare for a one-timer from the right circle that clanged off the post and into the net.
Curtis scored his seventh goal of the season on a Hamilton power play with 2:08 remaining. White controlled the puck at the point and slid a pass to Scarpino outside the left post, and Scarpino found Curtis at the back post for a one-timer.
Tufts held a 43-37 shot advantage. The Jumbos went 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Continentals were 3-for-9. Hamilton leads the all-time series 10-4-0.
Hamilton travels to Middlebury College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.