NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dropped a tight NESCAC contest to Hamilton by a 2-1 score on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.
The teams exchanged goals in the opening period with the Continentals lighting the lamp first. Justin Felhaber sent a dangerous pass in from the left side that was collected by Jon Stickel in the slot and tipped to Ian Nichols for the score at 12:19.
The Camels, however, had an answer with time winding down in the frame. After freshman Steven Senese blocked a slap shot taken by Sean Allen from the left point, junior Jacob Moreau (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec) collected the puck in the team's defensive zone and went coast to coast before finding sophomore Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) for his eighth marker of the season.
Following a scoreless second period which saw the teams attempt eight shots on target apiece, Hamilton (10-9-2, NESCAC 8-5-2) was able to get the eventual game-winning marker at the 4:35 mark of the third period by capitalizing off a strong forecheck. Stickel won a puck along the boards, skated behind the net, and then flipped a pass to Justin Felhaber for what would be the decisive tally.
Anthony Tirabassi picked up the victory between the posts by making 20 saves for Hamilton, while junior Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario) suffered the setback while stopping 16 shots.
Connecticut College (6-14-1, NESCAC 2-12-1) will next host Amherst tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. The Camels will also recognize their five-member senior class prior to the contest.