Clinton, NY - The Hamilton College men's hockey team played visiting Trinity College to a 2-2 overtime tie at Russell Sage Rink in a match-up of two nationally ranked New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams Friday night. The No. 8-ranked Continentals move to 12-2-3 overall and 6-2-3 in the conference while the No. 13-ranked Bantams sit at 10-5-2 overall and 6-4-1 in the NESCAC.
After the Trinity took a 1-0 lead 8:34 into the second period off a goal by Trinity senior Will Sleeper (Wellesley, Mass.), Hamilton took advantage of a delayed penalty to tie the score. Ian Nichols (Singhampton, Ontario) sent the puck from one side of the Trinity blue line to Brad Smelstor (Fairfax, Vt.) at the other side, then cut to the net. Smelstor sent the puck to Neil Conway (Marshfield, Mass.) below the left circle and Nichols took Conway's pass between the circles and beat Trinity goaltender Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) with a wrist shot.
Rory Gagnon (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) notched a power play goal to put the hosts up 2-1 before Trinity capitalized on a turnover to tie the score with 5:12 left in regulation. Senior captain Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) sent the puck in front of the Hamilton net where it was collected by a Continental defender whose clearing attempt was intercepted by Holdaway who potted his fifth goal of the season to even the score.
Neither team could pull away in the extra time as the game ended in a tie. Morin finished the evening with 37 saves for Trinity while Hamilton goalie Evan Buitenhuis (Burlington, Ontario) stopped 43 shots.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Amherst for a matchup at Orr Rink at 3 p.m.