Men's ice hockey ties Utica

BJ Lalonde '12
BJ Lalonde '12
BJ Lalonde '12 paced the Hamilton College offense with one goal and one assist as the Continentals tied visiting Utica College 3-3 in a non-conference game played at Russell Sage Rink on Nov. 30.

This marked the second year in a row the local rivals played to a 3-3 deadlock, and it's the third straight time they have gone to overtime. The all-time series is tied, 5-5-3. Scott Hefferman '11 stopped 42 shots for Hamilton, including 19 in the second period alone.

Special teams accounted for all six goals. The Continentals (2-1-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead during a 5-on-3 advantage with 45 seconds left in the first period on Lalonde's first goal this season. Chris Lorenc '10 made it a two-goal lead with his third tally on a blast from the right circle at 13 minutes, 27 seconds of the second.

The Pioneers pulled within 2-1 during a two-man advantage with 3:09 remaining in the second. Tom Chiappetta '11 restored Hamilton's two-goal cushion with a shorthanded goal on a breakaway up the right side 44 seconds later. Utica cut the deficit to one again with 19 seconds left in the period.

The Pioneers tied the score at 3-3 at 3:28 of the third period, and 34 seconds after a Hamilton player had been sent off for interference. Utica ended up 3-for-9 on the power play, and the Continentals were 2-for-5. Utica enjoyed a 45-28 advantage in shots.

Hamilton travels to St. Michael's College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference/ECAC East crossover contest on Friday, Dec. 4.
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