Men’s hockey wins the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational title

Jason Brochu '19 tallied three assists in Sunday's championship game (Josh Mckee photo)
Jason Brochu '19 tallied three assists in Sunday's championship game (Josh Mckee photo)

The nationally ranked No. 8/10 Hamilton College men's hockey team outscored their opponents 7-2 over the weekend, including a 4-1 win over the hosts in the championship game of Skidmore College's Thanksgiving Invitational in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday.

Hamilton's Rory Gagnon '19 was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording a hat trick in Saturday's 3-1 win over SUNY Canton and scoring the game-winner in Sunday's contest. Evan Buitenhuis '18 and Anthony Tirabassi '20 were also named to the all-tournament team. Tirabassi stopped 27 of 28 shots on Saturday while Buitenhuis stopped 33 of 34 shots in the championship game.

Brandon Willett '18 opened the scoring 4:36 into the first period. Willett controlled the puck in Skidmore's corner and passed to Bennett Morrison '20 at the point. Nick Ursitti '20 tipped Morrison's slap shot into the blocker of Skidmore goalie Brandon Kasel but Willett was there to put away the rebound.

Skidmore's Matt Muzyka scored with 7:57 left in the first period to tie the score at 1-1. Corey Morgan moved the puck around the faceoff circle in Hamilton's zone and found Muzyka at the back door for a one-timer past Buitenhuis.

The Continentals (3-0-1 overall) went into the second period with a 2-1 lead after Gagnon notched the eventual game-winner with 3:27 left in the first. Neil Conway '18 and Jason Brochu '19 stopped the Thoroughbreds' breakout attempt and delivered the puck to Gagnon. Gagnon skated in one-on-one with Kasel and snapped the puck into the back of the net.

Tyler Bruneteau '18 added an insurance goal 13:47 into the second period. Hamilton was on the power play when Conway, Brochu and Bruneteau found themselves in a three-on-one with a Skidmore defenseman. Brochu was on the right side and passed the puck through the slot for Bruneteau to one-time into the goal.

Hamilton was on a power play in the last two minutes of the third period when Conway scored his first of the season. Morrison broke the puck out of Hamilton's zone and passed to Conway up the right side of the ice. Conway took a shot that found the empty net for the final goal with 1:06 remaining.

The Continentals start a four-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. when they host 2017 NESCAC champions No. 3/5 Trinity College (5-0-0) at Russell Sage Rink.