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Men's ice hockey bests Tufts 3-1

The Hamilton College Continentals snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 3-1 NESCAC victory over the Tufts University Jumbos at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Saturday night.

Box score

The Continentals (5-12-3, 4-9-2 NESCAC) pulled to within a game of eighth place in the NESCAC standings. The top eight teams qualify for next month’s NESCAC championship. The win gives Hamilton a sweep of the season series with Tufts. The Continentals have won six of eight over the Jumbos and lead the all-time series 13-5.

Zach Arnold ’15 made 32 saves and earned his first collegiate victory. Arnold made 12 saves during the third period when the Jumbos had a man advantage for nearly 4:27.

Kenny Matheson ’16 scored the game’s first goal and assisted on an empty netter that gave Hamilton breathing room in the final minute of the third period. Matheson opened the scoring at 7:14 of the first period with his eighth goal – a booming slap shot from the right circle that beat Tufts goaltender Greg Jenkins ’14 to his stick side. Conor Lamberti ’17 and Jon Carkeek ’17 were credited with assists on the play. Lamberti’s was his eighth this season and Carkeek’s was his first point.

Hamilton upped its lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Robbie Murden ’17 at 4:51 of the second. Passes from Truman Landowski ’17 and Evan Haney ’14 set up Murden in the left circle, where he scored his team-leading 11th goal on a wrist shot.

The Jumbos (3-18-0, 1-14) capitalized on their sixth power-play opportunity to cut into Hamilton’s lead, scoring just four seconds before the Continentals returned to full strength. George Pantazopoulos ’15 set up in the left circle and connected with Luke Griffin ’16 in stride as Griffin came down the right side and put a shot between Arnold and the near post for his second goal of the season.

Tufts pulled Jenkins in favor of a sixth skater with 50 seconds left and 21 seconds later the Jumbos called their timeout. The Continentals won the ensuing draw to set up their final goal. Matheson won the faceoff and sent the puck ahead to Dom Jancaterino ‘14, who found Pat Curtis ’15 across ice. Curtis’ shot from center ice went just inside the far post to seal the win. Jenkins finished with 27 saves for the Jumbos, who outshot Hamilton, 33-30.

The Continentals play their final home game of the season on Sunday against Connecticut College at 3 p.m. The Camels are currently in seventh place in the NESCAC standings. Tufts plays a 3 p.m. game at Amherst College.

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