Men's ice hockey NESCAC quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to Amherst, Mass., for a 2012 NESCAC men's ice hockey championship quarterfinal at Amherst College's Orr Rink on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Click here for a live video stream of the event. Tickets are available at the door starting at 5:30 p.m. and cost $3 for adults and $1 for students and children. No tickets are available in advance. The game is scheduled to start at 7.

Hamilton (8-13-3 overall, 4-12-2 NESCAC) finished in a tie for eighth place with Connecticut College in the conference standings. The Continentals earned the No. 8 seed for the championship thanks to a better record against the top four teams in the final regular season standings. Hamilton has one win in its last 11 games.

Nationally ranked No. 3 Amherst (20-3-1, 17-1-0) is the championship's top seed and the Lord Jeffs have won eight straight games. Amherst owns a perfect 10-0-0 record this season at Orr Rink. The Jeffs were the No. 1 seed in this event once before in 2009, and went on to win the title.

The Continentals have dominated the all-time series against Amherst, 55-18-3. But the Jeffs are unbeaten in their last seven games against Hamilton, including a 2-0 win at home on Nov. 18, and a 5-1 victory at Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 20. Amherst leads the NESCAC in scoring defense with 1.71 goals allowed per game and on the power play at 26.6 percent.

Forwards Mike DiMare '14 and Anthony Scarpino '12 lead the Continentals into this weekend. DiMare ranks second in the NESCAC with 33 points and Scarpino is third with 31. DiMare is tied for second place with 16 goals and Scarpino is tied for fourth with 15. Joe Quattrocchi '14 is seventh in the conference with a .909 save percentage and 10th with a 3.09 goals against average.

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record:
Conference record (finish): 4-12-2 (T-8th)
Head coach: Rob Haberbusch, 1st season (8-13-3)
Conference tournament appearances: 11th
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 6-10
Last win vs. Amherst: W, 7-4 (Jan. 10, 2006)
Road/neutral record: 4-6-2
Goals scored: 63
Goals allowed: 80
Leading goal scorers: Michael DiMare ’14 (16), Anthony Scarpino ’12 (15)
Assist leaders: DiMare (17), Scarpino (16), Andrew White ‘13 (12)
Starting goalie: Joe Quattrocchi ’14 (3.09 gaa, .909 save pct., 7-10-1)

Overall record
: 20-3-1
Conference record (finish): 17-1 (1st)
UCSHO.com national ranking: 3rd
NCAA regional ranking: 3rd in East Region
Head coach: Jack Arena, 29th season (370-290-50)
Conference tournament appearances: 13th
Conference tournament titles: One (2009)
Conference tournament record: 7-11
Last win vs. Hamilton: W, 5-1 (Jan. 20, 2012)
Home record: 10-0-0
Goals scored: 93
Goals allowed: 41
Leading goal scorers: Mike Moher ’13 (11), Mark Colp ’12 (9), Johnny Van Siclen ’13 (9), Brian Safstrom ’14 (9)
Assist leaders: Aaron Deutsch ’15 (15), Moher (13), Colp (12)
Starting goalie: Jonathan La Rose ’12 (1.60 gaa, .941 save pct., 15-1-1)

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