NESCAC men's ice hockey quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to nationally ranked No. 4 Bowdoin College for a 2013 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal at Bowdoin's Watson Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23.

2013 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal preview

Tickets for the game are $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18. The start time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Hamilton (6-15-3 overall, 4-12-2 NESCAC) finished eighth in the conference standings and is the No. 8 seed for the championship. Marko Brelih '16 is ranked second in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring with 19 points. The Continentals have scored 28 of their 53 goals after the second period. Hamilton has advanced to the semifinals on six occasions since 2000, including the last time in 2010.

The Polar Bears (19-3-2, 13-3-2) captured first place in the conference standings and is the No. 1 seed for the championship. Bowdoin started the season with a 12-0-1 record in its first 13 games. The Polar Bears lead the NESCAC with 4.38 goals per game and on the power play at 27.1 percent. Bowdoin has appeared in all 13 previous NESCAC championships and has finished runner-up four times, most recently in 2010.

The Polar Bears swept the season series with a 6-2 win at Hamilton on Jan. 5 and a 5-2 victory at home on Feb. 2. The Continentals own a 3-1 record against Bowdoin in the NESCAC championship.

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record: 6-15-3
Conference record (finish): 4-12-2 (8th)
Head coach: Rob Haberbusch, 2nd season (14-29-6)
Conference tournament appearances: 12th
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 6-11
Last win vs. Bowdoin: Feb. 3, 2007 (2-1)
Road/neutral record: 2-9-1
Goals scored: 53
Goals allowed: 88
Leading goal scorers: Anthony Ruberto ’13 (9), Dom Jancaterino ’12 (8)
Assist leaders: Marko Brelih ‘16 (13), Pat Curtis ‘15 (11), Ruberto (9)
Starting goalie: Joe Quattrocchi ’14 (3.22 gaa, .898 save pct., 6-14-3)

Overall record: 19-3-2
Conference record (finish): 13-3-2 (1st)
NCAA regional ranking: 4th in East Region
Head coach: Terry Meagher, 30th season (494-227-49)
Conference tournament appearances: 14th
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 14-12
Last win vs. Hamilton: Feb. 2, 2013 (5-2)
Home record: 9-2-1
Goals scored: 105
Goals allowed: 62
Leading goal scorers: Daniel Weiniger ’13 (16),Ollie Koo ’14 (14), Robert Toczylowski ’13 (13)
Assist leaders: Harry Matheson ’14 (16), Koo (15), John McGinnis ’15 (14), Colin Downey (14)
Starting goalies: Steve Messina ’14 (2.77 gaa, .904 save pct., 11-3-1), Max Fenkell ’15 (2.13 gaa, .930 save pct., 8-0-1)

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