Ursitti ’20 scores twice in men’s hockey NESCAC victory

Nick Ursitti ’20 scored two goals against Bowdoin on Saturday (Josh McKee photo).
Nick Ursitti ’20 scored two goals against Bowdoin on Saturday (Josh McKee photo).

The Hamilton College men's hockey team scored three goals in the second period en route to a 5-3 NESCAC win against Bowdoin College at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Hamilton (13-6-1, 7-6-1 NESCAC) has outscored its opponents 14-7 in the last three games -- all conference victories. The Continentals started the week seventh in the NESCAC standings, and after a two-win weekend Hamilton jumped up two slots to fifth place.

Anthony Tirabassi '20 made 16 saves in the first period alone and finished with 29 stops for Hamilton. Bowdoin's Alex Zafonte made 28 saves.

Rory Gagnon '19 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead 5:52 into the first period with his 13th goal of the season. Jason Brochu '19 sped up the middle of the ice uncontested during a Hamilton power play and passed to Willett skating into the Bowdoin zone. Willett passed back to Sean Allen '21 at the point and he found Gagnon at the far faceoff circle, and Gagnon wristed a shot under Zafonte's glove.

During a five-goal second period, Bowdoin tied the score at 1-1 and 2-2 before Sterling Bray '20 scored the eventual game-winner with 47 seconds remaining. Jon Beniers '21 kicked the puck out of the corner to Josh Labonte '21 at the point. Labonte fired a shot and Bray deflected the rubber into the back of the net.

Nick Ursitti '20 scored both of his goals in the second stanza at 6:44 and 17:28. Allen flipped the puck out of the Hamilton end to Ian Nichols '19 at the far blue line. Nichols moved around the defender for a clear shot on goal. The puck went through Zafonte's pads, and Ursitti managed to push the puck over the goal line to take the 2-1 lead before he and the Bowdoin defender fell into the net. Nichols also helped out with Ursitti's second goal when he took the puck out of the Polar Bears' corner and backhanded a pass to Ursitti at the faceoff circle. Ursitti cradled the puck and sent a wrist shot under Zafonte's blocker to make the score 3-2.

The Polar Bears' second period goals were credited to Spencer Antunez at 3:16 and Matthew Lison at 10:01.

The Continentals had a 4-2 lead until 5:49 into the third period when Cody Todesco scored a power-play goal for Bowdoin. Bradley Ingersoll floated a waist-high shot towards the net. Thomas Dunleavy flipped the shot off his stick, keeping the puck off the ice, and Todesco knocked the puck into the net with the swing of his stick.

Bowdoin pulled Zafonte with 1:06 left in the third period to gain an extra skater, and 33 seconds later Neil Conway '18 found the empty net for Hamilton's fifth and final goal.

The Continentals play their final two home games of the regular season next weekend. Hamilton faces Connecticut College on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Clinton Arena and Tufts University on Sunday at Russell Sage Rink.