Men’s hockey hosts Middlebury and No. 13/14 Williams

Jon Stickel '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Jon Stickel '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College men's hockey team hosts Middlebury College and No. 13/14 Williams College this weekend in NESCAC action at Russell Sage Rink.

The Continentals -- ranked 10th by D3hockey.com and 13th by USCHO.com -- first take on Middlebury on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. followed by Williams on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Hamilton (3-2-1, 0-2-1 NESCAC) looks to rebound after two conference losses on Dec. 2 and 3. Nick Ursitti '20 notched two goals and one helper in Hamilton's game against Wesleyan this past Sunday. Ursitti ranks eighth in the NESCAC with 1.17 points per game. Rory Gagnon '19 has five goals this season and is second in the conference with an average of 0.83 goals per game. Evan Buitenhuis '18 has a .941 save percentage through 243+ minutes in goal for the Continentals.

ABOUT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

Middlebury (1-5, 1-3 NESCAC) earned its first win of the season on Dec. 2 in a 2-0 decision at Tufts. The Panthers are scoring less than one goal per game while allowing four goals per game to NESCAC opponents.

Michael Fahie leads the team with five points (2-3-5) and is the only Panther with multiple goals. Owen Powers has one goal and two assists. Stephen Klein has played nearly 300 minutes in goal, accumulating a .902 save percentage and 3.46 goals against average.

Over the past three years, the two teams have battled to a 2-2-2 record and half of the games have progressed into overtime.

ABOUT WILLIAMS COLLEGE

Williams (5-0, 4-0 NESCAC) is ranked 13th in the country by D3hockey.com and 14th by USCHO.com. The Ephs are scoring an average of 4.50 goals in NESCAC games this season while allowing 2.25 goals to their opponents.

The Ephs have seven players with multiple goals this season. C.J. Shugart is third in the NESCAC with four goals. Marcus Mollica and David Italiano have three goals each. Joe Welch and Myles Cunningham both rank fourth in the conference with five assists.

The Continentals have defeated the Ephs four times and tied twice in the last six matchups, including three victories when Williams was nationally ranked. Hamilton has not surrendered to Williams since the 2013-14 season.