Connecticut College 5, Hamilton College 2 Patel Tallies Goal, Two Assists as Camels Clinch NESCAC Berth

Connecticut College 5, Hamilton College 2 Patel Tallies Goal, Two Assists as Camels Clinch NESCAC Berth

CLINTON, N.Y.--(Michael Warwick, Hamilton College ) Connecticut College converted four of its six power play chances to hand host Hamilton College a 5-2 setback in NESCAC men's ice hockey Sunday afternoon at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink. With the win the Camels clinched their first NESCAC playoff berth in four years while the Continentals head into the final weekend of the regular season needing wins at Williams (ranked 12th nationally) and Middlebury coupled with a winless weekend by Wesleyan to secure a bid.

Adam Patel '15 scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the Camels (8-12-2, 7-8-1 NESCAC), who erased a 1-0 deficit with four straight goals over the first and second periods.

The rally started with 4:37 left in the opening period on the second goal of the season by Will Leedy '15. Leedy took a pass from Ryan Mowery '17 behind the net and scored on a quick shot from the slot. The Camels went ahead for good 1:59 later on a goal by Sebastian Meltzer '16. Meltzer brought the puck around the back of the net and set up on the right side to fire a shot past Hamilton's Zach Arnold '15 for his first goal of the season. Patel, who also assisted on Leedy's goal, and Leedy picked up assists.

Mowery scored on a four-on-three to put the visitors up 2-1, taking a pass from Leedy and burying a slap shot from the point. Greg Liatuad closed out the four-goal burst with a power-play goal just three seconds before the second intermission.

Jon Carkeek '17 opened the scoring for the Continentals with his first career goal. Carkeek controlled a rebound of a shot that Conor Lamberti '17 sent off the boards, and put the puck past Mike Petchonka '14.

Hamilton closed to within 4-2 in the first minute of the final period on a power-play goal by Dom Jancaterino '17 – Truman Landowski '17 picked up his ninth assist – before Patel's empty net goal sealed the win with 15 seconds to go in regulation.

Petchonka made 41 saves as the Camels were outshot 43-32 (including 16-7 in the third). Arnold stopped 27 shots.

Hamilton's final road trip begins Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Williams. The Camels host Bowdoin Friday at 7 p.m.