CLINTON, N.Y.--The Hamilton College men's hockey team completed a weekend sweep, stopping visiting Connecticut College 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Russell Sage rink. The Continentals' special teams made the difference, killing off 11 minutes of penalties and scoring on both its power-play attempts.
Tim Nowacki '18 made a personal-high 30 saves for Hamilton (5-5-4 overall, 4-3-2 NESCAC) and the Continentals scored two third-period goals. Marko Brelih '16 notched the game winner and Pat Curtis '15 sealed the victory with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Brelih, Hamilton's highest scoring defenseman, scored nearly eight minutes into the third to put the Continentals ahead for good. The Camels were called for their first penalty of the game at the 47:41 and Brelih needed just eight seconds to take advantage. After Curtis won the draw Brelih unloaded a thundering slap shot from the right circle for his team-leading fourth power play goal of the year (all four of his goals have come on the power play).
Three minutes later the Continental penalty-killing unit faced its greatest challenge when Hamilton was whistled for a five-minute major following a spearing infraction. They held the Camels to three shots in the five minutes and just five total shots during Connecticut College's four power-play opportunities (covering four penalties).
The loss snapped Connecticut College's seven-game unbeaten streak; the Camels had not lost since Dec. 2, beating three nationally ranked teams (#10 Bowdoin, #5 UMass Boston and #10 Amherst) in that span.
Curtis gave the Continentals some breathing room, scoring into an empty net with 31 seconds left. He stole a pass just inside his own blue line then slid a shot from center ice inside the near post. In Hamilton's weekend sweep, Curtis had a hand in six of the Continentals' nine goals, raising his season total to 16 points.
Hamilton took a 1-0 lead 4:21 into play when Kenny Matheson '16 scored his team-best eighth goal of the winter. His line mates, Curtis and Robbie Murden '17, assisted on the goal.
The Camels, who outshot Hamilton 31-19 (including a 24-13 advantage in the first two periods) tied the score with a second-period goal. Zach Jones '15 scored his third goal of the year with Adam Patel '15 and Mike Martinez '15 credited with assists.
Tom Conlin '17 made 16 saves for the Camels, who now trail the all-time series against Hamilton 17-9-2. Connecticut College had lost just one of the previous five meetings.
The Camels open a weekend home series Friday, hosting Williams.
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