2015 NESCAC men's hockey quarterfinal preview
Hamilton College goes on the road to New London, Conn., to play Connecticut College in a 2015 NESCAC Men's Hockey Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.
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The game will be played on Conn. College's campus at Dayton Arena. Tickets cost $3 for adults and are free for students with valid college identification. Hamilton and the Camels have never played each other in the championship.
The Continentals (9-9-6, 7-7-4 NESCAC) finished in sixth place in the conference standings and they are the No. 6 seed for the championship. Hamilton defeated Conn. College 4-2 at Dayton Arena just recently on Feb. 14, and the Continentals won 3-1 at home back on Jan. 17.
Robbie Murden '17 leads Hamilton into the postseason. Murden is tied for second in the NESCAC with 14 goals and is tied for fourth with 16 assists. His 30 points are good for fourth place in the conference. Tim Nowacki '18 is ranked third in the NESCAC with a .931 save percentage and is fourth in goals against average at 2.11.
The Camels (13-9-2, 10-7-1) tied for third place in the conference standings and their No. 3 seed for the championship is the best in program history. Conn. College is searching for its first win in the men's hockey championship. After a 1-5 start this season, the Camels are 12-4-2 in their last 18 games. Two of those four losses have come against the Continentals.
Conn. College is led by goalie Tom Conlin '16, who was selected the NESCAC player of the week on Monday. Conlin is ranked fifth in the conference with a .924 save percentage and is sixth in goals against average at 2.23. He has started all 18 NESCAC games. Joe Birmingham '16 is tied for eighth in the conference with 11 goals and Tim DiPretoro '16 is tied for sixth with 15 assists.
No. 6 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 9-9-6
Conference record (finish): 7-7-4 (6th place)
Head coach: Rob Haberbusch, 4th season (28-54-15 record)
Championship appearances: 13th
Championship titles: None
Championship record: 6-12
This season at Connecticut Coll.: W, 4-2 (Feb. 14)
Road/neutral record: 4-5-4
Goals scored: 68
Goals allowed: 61
Leading goal scorers: Robbie Murden ’17 (14), Kenny Matheson ’16 (9), Pat Curtis ’15 (8)
Assist leaders: Curtis (17), Murden (16), Matheson (11)
Starting goalie: Tim Nowacki ‘18 (2.11 gaa, .931 save pct., 3-2-3)
No. 3 seed CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Overall record: 13-9-2
Conference record (finish): 10-7-1 (Tie-3rd place)
Head coach: Jim Ward, 12th season (99-168-25 record)
Championship appearances: 5th
Championship titles: None
Championship record: 0-4
Home record: 6-4-1
Goals scored: 66
Goals allowed: 57
Leading goal scorers: Joe Birmingham ’16 (11), JC Cangelosi ’15 (9)
Assist leaders: Tim DiPretoro ’16 (15), Cangelosi (10), Ryan Mowery ’17 (9)
Starting goalie: Tom Conlin ‘16 (2.23 gaa, .924 save pct., 12-8-2)