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No. 7 Williams rallies for men's ice hockey victory

The nationally ranked No. 7 Williams College Ephs rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Hamilton College Continentals in the third-place game of SUNY Plattsburgh’s 2014 Buck Supply Winter Classic at Stafford Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon.

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The Ephs (6-1-2 overall) scored the tying goal with just 13 seconds left in the third period and won the game 56 seconds into overtime. Williams and Hamilton played to a 1-1 tie in Russell Sage Rink back on Dec. 6.

The Continentals (3-5-1) took a pair of third-period leads. They broke a 1-1 tie on a short-handed goal by Robbie Murden '17, who stole the puck at the blue line 1:15 into the period for his team-leading eighth goal this season.

Hamilton took its final lead with 5:03 to go on the fourth goal of the season by Kenny Matheson '16. Matheson buried a loose puck past Williams goaltender Noah Klag just 37 seconds after the Ephs had tied the score on a goal by Sam Gray. Klag made 18 saves in his first start of the season.

Williams forced overtime on a 6-on-4 goal with Zander Masucci scoring on the power play 38 seconds after the Ephs pulled Klag for the extra skater. The Continentals had killed their first nine penalties. George Hunkele’s unassisted goal won the game for the Ephs.

Murden scored Hamilton’s first two goals. He tied the score at 1-1 midway through the second period by tapping in a rebound for his second power-play goal of the year. Conor Lamberti '17 and Mike DiMare '14 assisted on the goal. DiMare, who also assisted on Matheson’s goal, finished with four points in the weekend tournament. His 18 points and 11 assists lead the Continentals.

Charlie Fennell '17 stopped a season-high 34 shots, including 18 during Williams' power-play chances. Seven of those saves came during a five-minute Williams power play midway through the third period.

The Continentals return to NESCAC action at Bowdoin College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Williams hosts Trinity College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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