Clinton, N.Y. - Both the Trinity College Bantams and the Hamilton College Continentals scored twice in the first and once in the third period to skate to a 3-3 tie on Friday evening in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's hockey action at Russell Sage Rink in Clinton, N.Y. No. 7 Trinity moves to 10-3-4 overall and 6-2-3 in NESCAC play while the Continentals are now 8-7-2 on the year and 6-3-2 in conference play. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a 3 p.m. tilt at Amherst.
Trinity got things going at the 7:38 mark in the opening period when sophomore Nick Fiorentino (Hartsdale, N.Y.) found the back of the net off an assist from classmate Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.). Just over two minutes later, the Continentals earned a man advantage thanks to a Trinity tripping penalty. Nick Ursitti made good on the opportunity with a power play strike off assists from Rory Gagnon and Nick Rutigliano.
The first period scoring wasn't over as Bantam rookie Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) scored his third goal of the season with 9:27 left to play in the period. Hamilton responded once again when Sean Allen found the equalizer at the 16:30 mark to tie things at 2-2 as both teams entered the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period that saw 26 combined shots, the Bantams reclaimed the lead just 4:05 into the final period of regulation. First-year Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) scored his eighth goal of the winter to put the visitors ahead, 3-2. Michaud's goal was assisted by Fiorentino and junior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.). Hamilton once again found the game-tying strike when Rutigliano assisted on a Jon Stickel goal with 4:38 left to play. Both teams combined for seven total shots on net in the overtime period but neither side could find the game-winner as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.