Men's ice hockey NESCAC quarterfinal preview

Nationally ranked No. 13 Hamilton College hosts Wesleyan University in a 2011 New England Small College Athletic Conference men's ice hockey quarterfinal at Russell Sage Rink on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $3 for adults and $1 for students. For advance ticket sales, call the Hamilton athletic department at (315) 859-4751 or 4752. Tickets will also be available at the door by 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A live video webcast will be available at the link below. Hamilton radio station WHCL 88.7 FM will have a live audio stream available at the link below.

Video webcast

Audio webcast

Hamilton (14-6-4 overall, 11-4-4 NESCAC) is the No. 1 seed for the first time in the 12-year history of the conference championship. The Continentals last hosted a NESCAC postseason event in 2002, when they lost to Colby College in the first round of the championship. Hamilton has a 6-0-2 record in its last eight games.

Wesleyan (9-11-3, 8-10-1) is the No. 8 seed, but defeated the Continentals 3-2 at home back on Nov. 20, 2010. The Cardinals have never played Hamilton in the NESCAC championship. Wesleyan's record so far this month is 4-3.

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record:
Conference record (finish): 11-4-4 (First)
Head coach: Norm Bazin, 3rd season, 38-30-7
Conference championship appearances: 10th
Conference championship titles: None
Conference championship record: 6-9
Last win vs. Wesleyan: 8-6 at home (Nov. 21, 2009)
Home record: 3-3-3
Goals scored: 91
Goals allowed: 68
Leading goal scorers: Joe Houk ’13 (16), Michael DiMare ’14 (15), Nick Anderson ’14 (13).
Assist leaders: Joe Buicko ’11 (17), Houk (15), Anthony Scarpino '12 (12), Anthony Ruberto ’13 (12).
Starting goalie: Scott Hefferman ’11 (2.62 gaa, .906 save pct., 12-4-0)

Overall record
: 9-11-3
Conference record (finish): 8-10-1 (Eighth)
Head coach: Chris Potter, 9th season, 68-122-23
Conference championship appearances: Fifth
Conference championship titles: None
Conference championship record: 0-4
Last win vs. Hamilton: 3-2 at home (Nov. 20, 2010)
Road/neutral record: 2-8-2
Goals scored: 75
Goals allowed: 68
Leading goal scorers: Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 (11), Geoff Mucha ’12 (11).
Assist leaders: Keith Buehler '14 (13), Chris MacDonald ’13 (12), Tasiopoulos (10).
Starting goalie: Glenn Stowell ’13 (3.48 gaa, .904 save pct., 4-7-2) or Matt Hadge ’13 (2.58 gaa, .921 save pct., 5-4-1).

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