Men's ice hockey storms past Colby
Dom Jancaterino '14 netted two goals for his first career multi-goal game and Hamilton College defeated Colby College 6-3 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 4.
The six goals are a season high for the Continentals. Hamilton is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings with the Mules.
Anthony Ruberto '13 tied his career high with three points on one goal and two assists for the Continentals. Ruberto leads the team with five goals. Marko Brelih '16 tallied one goal and one assist amd Matt Tetro '16 recorded two assists.
Robbie Gardiner '16 and Evan Haney '14 each added their first goal of the season. Brian Infante '13 and Pat Curits '15 chipped in with one helper apiece.
Joe Quattrocchi '14 made a season-high 35 saves, including 13 in the third period. Quattrocchi upped his save percentage to .926 in NESCAC games.
Ben Chwick '14 posted two goals and Cory McGrath '13 notched three points on one goal and two assists for the Mules. Nick Lanza '14 earned two assists and Scott Harff '13 picked up one. Sam Parker '15 turned away 23 shots in goal.
Hamilton (3-5-2 overall, 2-4-1 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:18 into the first period when Haney scored five seconds into a power play on a follow-up from Ruberto and Curtis. Colby tied the score with 34 seconds left in the first on Chwick’s first goal. Lanza sent a pass to McGrath who carried the puck down the middle and found Chwick skating on the right for the redirect.
The second period was full of fireworks as the teams combined to score six goals, including four in the opening 5 minutes, 11 seconds. Jancaterino started things on a rebound of Ruberto’s initial shot just 58 seconds into the period. He added his second goal of the night on a nice give-and-go with Curtis at the 3:33 mark.
McGrath responded 13 seconds later, with O’Brien and Harff earning assists for the Mules. The Continentals pushed their lead to 4-2 at 5:11 of the period when Brelih lifted a wrist shot into the upper right shelf from just inside the blue line near the left-hand boards. Tetro and Infante were credited with assists on the play.
The trio of Chwick, McGrath and Lanza hooked up for the second time to cut the Hamilton lead to 4-3 with 5:04 remaining in the frame. Chwick netted his second goal of the game from just outside the crease. The Continentals tacked on one last goal in the period with 2:14 left. Gardiner collected a shot by Tetro that was blocked in front and backhanded the puck into the net.
Hamilton nearly upped its lead 4:30 into the third on Ruberto’s breakaway, but Parker came up with the save to keep it at 5-3. With 1:44 left in the third period, the Mules pulled Parker in favor of the extra skater. Colby controlled the faceoff in Hamilton's zone, but quickly turned the puck over near the blue line. Ruberto stole the loose puck and scored an empty-netter for the final margin with 1:35 remaining.
Colby (3-8-0, 1-6) outshot Hamilton 38-29, but went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Continentals were 1-for-5 on power-play opportunities.
Hamilton hosts nationally ranked No. 6 Bowdoin College on Saturday, Jan. 5. Colby travels to No. 10 Amherst College on Saturday.