Men's ice hockey drops 5-2 game to Camels
The Connecticut College Camels converted four of its six power play chances to hand the Hamilton College Continentals a 5-2 NESCAC setback at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Sunday afternoon.
With the win the Camels clinched their first NESCAC championship appearance in four years. The Continentals head into the final weekend of the regular season needing wins at Williams College (ranked 12th in Division III) and Middlebury College, coupled with either two losses or a loss and tie by Wesleyan University to secure a bid.
Adam Patel ’15 scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the Camels (8-12-2, 7-8-1 NESCAC), who erased a 1-0 deficit with four straight goals over the first and second periods.
The rally started with 4:37 left in the opening period on the second goal of the season by Will Leedy ‘15. Leedy took a pass from Ryan Mowery ’17 behind the net and scored on a quick shot from the slot. The Camels went ahead for good 1:59 later on a goal by Sebastian Meltzer ‘16. Meltzer brought the puck around the back of the net and set up on the right side to fire a shot past Hamilton’s Zach Arnold ’15 for his first goal of the season. Patel, who also assisted on Leedy’s goal, and Leedy picked up assists.
Mowery scored during a four-on-three opportunity to put the visitors up 3-1, taking a pass from Leedy and burying a slap shot from the point. Greg Liatuad '17 closed out the four-goal burst with a power-play tally just three seconds before the second intermission.
Jon Carkeek ’17 opened the scoring for the Continentals with his first career goal. Carkeek controlled the rebound of a shot that Conor Lamberti ’17 sent off the boards and put the puck past Mike Petchonka ‘14.
Hamilton (5-13-3, 4-10-2) closed to within 4-2 in the first minute of the third period on a power-play goal by Dom Jancaterino ’14. Truman Landowski ’17 picked up his ninth assist. Patel’s empty net goal sealed the win with 15 seconds to go.
Petchonka made 41 saves as the Camels were outshot 43-32, including 16-7 in the third. Arnold stopped 27 shots.
Hamilton’s final road trip begins on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a 7 p.m. game at Williams. The Camels host Bowdoin College on Friday at 7 p.m.