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HAMILTON WINS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 8-4 VICTORY


Brian Coakley and Joe Baudo each had three goals to leadHamilton to an 8-4 win over Elmira and the championship of its own Round-RobinTournament. The Continentals, ranked seventh in the latest NCAA East Regionpoll, defeated the second (Elmira) and third (Fredonia) ranked teams in thepoll in the tournament. Hamilton also won its sixth game in a row to improve to7-2-0 overall.

Hamilton scored on its first shot on goal as Ed Cassin beat Elmira goalieStephen Bidus with a blast from the point at 7:07 of the first. It looked likeit would be an easy day for the Continentals as Chris Baudo and Brian Coakleyalso scored first-period goals, Coakley on the power play, giving Hamilton a3-0 lead after one. Joe Baudo scored another power-play goal for theContinentals at 2:55 of the second and Coakley added his second goal of thegame just two minutes later, resulting in a 5-0 Hamilton lead.

Elmira finally got on the board at 14:16 of the second with a goal by ChrisKavanaugh. Then, at 18:19, Peter Vasicko scored a short-handed goal to bringthe Soaring Eagles to within three at 5-2. Elmira made it 5-3 on a power-playtally bt G.T. Keenan at 8:00 of the third. Brian Coakley answered with histhird goal at 14:50 and the game appeared out of reach. But Mark Bissenthalbrought Elmira within two again at 6-4 after the Soaring Eagles pulled theirgoaltender. But Joe Baudo scored two short-handed goals in the final twominutes to clinch the victory for the Continentals.

Elmira goaltender Jim Dineenn played well in relief of strarter Stephen Bidus,making 23 saves. Hamilton goaltender Brent Davey had 28 saves and improved to6-0 on the season. Coakley was named tournament MVP.

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