The nationally ranked No. 5/8 Hamilton College men's hockey team faced a 1-0 setback against No. 3/4 Trinity College in front of a packed house at Russell Sage Rink on Saturday night.
The Continentals (3-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) turned up the pressure in the last half of the game, outshooting Trinity (6-0, 3-0) 29-26 through the final two periods.
Trinity scored the lone goal 11:28 into the second period. Andy Chugg controlled the puck and began to skate around the Hamilton net before backhanding a pass to Barclay Gammill. Gammill was one-on-one with Evan Buitenhuis '18 just outside the crease and clanged the puck off the far post and into the net.
Buitenhuis did not make it easy for the visiting Bantams, recording a season-high 40 saves. Buitenhuis flashed the leather all night including three spectacular stops in the third period. Trinity's Jack McCarthy skated the puck into the Hamilton corner 3:44 into the period and passed to Dylan Healey in the slot, but Buitenhuis denied the one-timer with his mitt. Less than a minute later Buitenhuis stopped another one-timer at the back door, and again with 4:22 left when Trinity had a two-on-one situation and the senior goaltender slid across the crease for the toe save.
The Continentals are back on the ice against Wesleyan University (1-1-3, 0-1-2 NESCAC) on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at Russell Sage Rink.