NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore forward Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) scored with 48 seconds remaining in regulation and senior JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) netted the game-winner with 9:02 remaining in overtime, propelling the the third seeded Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory against sixth seeded Hamilton in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game played in front of 438 fans at Dayton Arena Saturday.
The Camels (14-9-2) advance to next weekend's NESCAC final four to face off against fourth seeded Williams College at Amherst College's Orr Rink in Amherst, Mass.
The Continentals wrap up their 2014-15 season by taking points in four of their final six outings to finish at 9-10-6.
Connecticut College Junior Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) potted his ninth and 10th goals of the season and tacked on his 16th assist victory. Junior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) dished out three assists for the winning side while classmate Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) made five of his 33 saves in overtime to continue his terrific season in goal for the Camels, who set a program record for victories in the NESCAC Standing era of hockey.
Hamilton College sophomore forward Robbie Murden (Georgetown, Ont.) and senior forward Pat Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) both had a goal and an assist to lead the Continentals on offense. Murden closed out the season with a team-best 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) while Curtis wrapped up the 2014-15 campaign as the Continentals' second leading scorer with nine goals, 18 assists and 27 points. Brandon Willett (Toronto, Ont.) scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period. Freshman forwards Neil Conway (Marshfield, Mass.) dished out a pair of assists in the setback.
Freshman goalie Tim Nowacki (New Canaan, Conn.) finished with 24 saves in the contest for the visitors.
Connecticut College used its timeout with 1:25 remaining in regulation to empty the net. Junior Joe Birmingham (Medford, Mass.) won a battle in the corner for a loose puck and cycled the puck out in front for Belisle, who buried the equalizer in the slot with just 48 seconds to play. DiPetroro accounted for the second assist with his team-leading 26th point of the season.
In the overtime session, senior blue-liner Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) helped protect Conlin with a critical blocked shot eight minutes into the extra session. Then, DiPretoro induced a tripping penalty to set up the game deciding power play at 9:12 of the frame. Birmingham was able to make a nice spin move from below the right circle and leave the puck for Cangelosi, who flicked in the game-winner for the Camels.
Hamilton pulled ahead of the Camels with 6:21 remaining in third period. Murden won a battle near the back wall and made a nice feed to Curtis, who buried a low shot from the mid-slot area to make it a 3-2 game.
Hamilton enjoyed a 36-to-28 advantage on the shot chart but the Camels were 2-for-3 on their power play.