Men's ice hockey picks up first win of 2011-12
Hamilton College scored goals on its first two shots and went on to a 3-1 victory over SUNY Cortland in a non-conference game at Clinton Arena on Nov. 22.
Pat Curtis '15 scored his first collegiate goal, and the Continentals also received goals from Michael DiMare '14 and Evan Haney '14. Anthony Scarpino '12 picked up two assists, and Andrew Jelinek '13 and Andrew White '13 chipped in one apiece. Joe Quattrocchi '14 stopped 23 shots in net.
Joey Christiano '12 scored the lone goal for the Red Dragons. Peter Lompado '12 and Tyler Virgoe '15 were each credited with an assist.
Hamilton (1-1 overall) leads the all-time series between the two programs 24-5, having won 11 of the past 12 meetings. SUNY Cortland defeated the Continentals 3-1 on Nov. 30, 2010.
Hamilton got on the board just 45 seconds into the game when the Continentals were able to take advantage of an odd-man rush. Scarpino carried the puck across the blue line and slid a pass across the front of the goal from the right side to Haney at the far post, who one-timed the puck into the net to give Hamilton a quick 1-0 lead.
The Continentals doubled their lead just over a minute later when Jelinek played the puck around the boards from behind the left side of the net. Curtis was there to collect the pass and he fired a wrist shot that beat the goalie through the 5-hole. Hamilton held a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Red Dragons (3-4-1) had a good chance to close the gap on a breakaway at 5:04 of the second period, but a save by Quattrocchi preserved the two-goal lead.
Cortland cut its deficit in half by taking advantage of a pair of Hamilton penalties late in the second period. During a two-man advantage, Virgoe played the puck to Lompado at the blue line, who then fed Christiano just outside the left circle. Christiano fired a shot that found the back of the net for a power-play goal to make it 2-1 with 1:09 to play in the period. Hamilton held a 2-1 advantage at the second intermission.
The Red Dragons seemed to tie the score on a shot that hit the crossbar and then the left post at 7:34 of the third, but the referees ruled the puck did not cross the goal line. Just 25 seconds later, Hamilton pushed its lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal by DiMare. White fed the puck from the blue line to DiMare inside the left circle, and he ripped a one-timer into the net.
Brittan Kuhlman '13 finished with 35 saves for Cortland, which pulled Kuhlman for an extra skater for the final 69 seconds. The Continentals were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Red Dragons were 1-for-6.
Hamilton takes on SUNY Brockport in the first game of the Skidmore College Invitational in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 26.