NEW LONDON, Conn.--Hamilton College exploded with five goals in the third period, four of the occurring just 3:31 apart in a 7-3 victory at Connecticut College Monday.
With the win and one-week of regular season action to go, the Continentals are now in sole possession of seventh place in the NESCAC standings with a record of 6-13-3 and a 4-10-3 mark in league play. The Camels (7-12-3, 3-10-3 NESCAC) remain three points ahead of Colby College for the eighth and final berth in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The Camels will visit Colby Friday night for a showdown in Waterville, Maine.
Drew Jelinek (Great Falls, Va.) sandwiched two goals around an assist to lead the visitors offensively. Anthony Ruberto (Stoney Creek, Ontario) chipped in with a goal and two assists while rookie defenseman Marko Brelih (Toronto, Ontario) had a goal and three assists en route to a four point day for the Continentals.
Pat Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) added a goal and an assist and Nick Vassos (Caledon, Ontario) dished out two assists. Joe Quattrocchi (Kanata, Ontario) made 28 saves for the winning side.
Connecticut College received goals from Sebastian Meltzer (Montreal, Quebec), Sean Murray (Stamford, Conn.) and Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.). Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) stopped 34 shots in goal for the Camels.
The Camels got on the board first with 7:36 remaining in the opening period. Mike Sinsigali (Redding, Conn.) fired a shot on Quattrocci that was saved but Adam Patel (Alpharetta, Ga.) collected a rebound and made a nifty looking feed to Meltzer, who flicked one in with his backhand.
But 1:19 later, the Continentals scored the equalizer. Senior Anthony Ruberto broke free in a 1-on-1 situation and beat Petchonka with a low shot to the far post side of the goal.
In the middle period, the hosts regained the lead with 9:50 to play when Murray went top shelf with a wrist shot from the left circle. Kevin Kelly (Harrisburg, Pa.) assisted on the marker. But just 28 seconds later, Brelih blasted one home from the left point to tie the game at two. In the back and forth battle, the Camels would take a 3-2 lead with 4:03 remaining.
Sophomore standout JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) dished out his team-leading 15th assist and collected his team-best 20th point with a nice feed to Veronesi, who made a nice stick fake and flicked in his eighth marker of the season with the backhand.
But Hamilton would not go away and 2:05 into the third period Pat Curtis supplied the equalizer with a shot coming from the right point. Just 1:26 later, Jelinek put the visitors on top for good when he stole a puck in the neutral zone and went in alone for a goal from point blank range. Jelinek tacked on another goal 1:10 later and the Continentals added two more insurance goals en route to their 7-3 win.
Hamilton College out-shot the Camels 41-to-31 in the win. Connecticut College honored seniors Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.) and Sean Murray (Stamford, Conn.) in a pre-game ceremony. Camelathletics.com is your source for up to the minute information on the NESCAC playoff race.