Brochu ’19 hat trick leads men’s hockey to NESCAC victory

Jason Brochu ’19 recorded a career-high three goals and four points against Bowdoin (Josh McKee photo)
Jason Brochu ’19 recorded a career-high three goals and four points against Bowdoin (Josh McKee photo)

Jason Brochu '19 scored three goals and added an assist for a career-high four points in the nationally ranked No. 11/13 Hamilton College men's hockey team's 5-1 win over Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon in Brunswick, Maine.

The Continentals (9-2-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) return from their Maine road trip with two NESCAC victories and six straight wins. Bowdoin (4-8 overall) falls to 2-6 in the conference and has lost its last three games, all to NESCAC opponents.

Hamilton got on the scoreboard just 1:11 into the first period. Sean Allen '21 took a shot from the left side and rang the puck off the far post. His shot ricocheted back to Brochu for an easy put back. Neil Conway '18 doubled the Hamilton lead at 7:33 of the first. Rory Gagnon '19 won the faceoff at the right circle and found Brochu who passed to Conway for a one-timer inside the left post.

Bowdoin cut the Continentals' lead in half exactly one minute later. As Hamilton attempted to clear the zone, Sam Topham corralled the puck at the blue line and fired a shot through traffic just underneath the crossbar.

Following a scrum in front of Hamilton's net, goaltender Evan Buitenhuis '18 left the game with an injury 13:25 into the first. Buitenhuis made eight stops before being relieved by Anthony Tirabassi '20 who preserved the win with nine saves.

Hamilton had a 2-1 lead to start the second period and went on to score three unanswered through the final two periods.

T.J. Daigler '18 poked the puck away from a Bowdoin defenseman at Hamilton's blue line for a 2-on-1 situation. Daigler took the puck into the Bowdoin zone and clanked it off the far left post into the goal at 2:23 of the second. Brochu and Conway connected for another goal at 9:14 of the second. Conway won the faceoff by placing the puck through the legs of Bowdoin's Matthew Lison. Conway moved around Lison and centered the puck to Brochu for a one-timer past Peter Cronin (31 saves), increasing Hamilton's lead to 4-1 after the second.

With four skaters on the ice for both teams 5:44 into the third period, Allen cleared the puck out of the Continentals' end into the neutral zone. Brochu sped past the Bowdoin defense and completed the hat trick with a breakaway effort.

Hamilton is back on the road for two NESCAC games next weekend. The Continentals face Connecticut College on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and Tufts University on Sunday at 4 p.m.