Morrison ’20 scores 1st of the year in men’s hockey NESCAC draw

Bennett Morrison ’20 (Josh McKee photo)
Bennett Morrison ’20 (Josh McKee photo)

Brandon Willett '18 and Bennett Morrison '20 scored for Hamilton College as the Continentals and the Connecticut College Camels battled to a 2-2 tie in NESCAC action at Clinton Arena on Saturday night.

Hamilton (13-6-2, 7-6-2 NESCAC) outshot the Camels 52-16, including a 20-4 advantage in the first period. Evan Buitenhuis '18 made 14 saves for Hamilton in his first start since suffering an injury back on Jan. 6, and Connor Rodericks made a career-high 50 stops for the Camels.

Conn. College (9-9-3, 8-4-3) maintains its second position in the conference standings with the tie, and Hamilton falls from fifth place to sixth. The Continentals are back on the ice on Sunday at 3 p.m. as they host ninth-place Tufts University at Russell Sage Rink.

Willett gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead in the first period with his ninth goal of the season and his sixth point in the last four games. Jason Brochu '19 checked a Camel out of the way and passed across the slot to Neil Conway '18 at the far faceoff circle for a shot. Rodericks made the initial stop but Willett was uncontested outside the crease and tucked the puck across the goal line at 10:34. Brochu and Conway lead the team with 13 helpers apiece this season.

Just over 20 minutes later, Conn. College tied the score. Ryan Petti won the faceoff for the Camels to the left of Buitenhuis and dropped the puck back to Jacob Moreau for a one-timer slap shot that snuck through traffic and past Buitenhuis at the 10:43 mark of the second period.

Hamilton was awarded a power-play opportunity with 3:58 left in the second and Morrison took advantage with his first goal of the season and the eighth of his career at 16:29. Hamilton moved the puck around the Camels' zone looking for an open shot when Morrison slipped into the high slot and fired a low wrist shot inside the right post.

William White tied the score for Conn. College with a short-handed goal 6:41 into the third period. Bryan Ackil dumped the puck into the Hamilton zone, Kevin Doyle won the battle for it in the corner and passed to White in the slot. White was all alone and snapped the puck over Buitenhuis' blocker-side shoulder.

The Continentals held the Camels to just one shot on goal during the overtime period. Nick Ursitti '20 had a chance to win the game for Hamilton just 1:31 into the extra period when Sam Jones '20 fired a shot from the point. Ursitti was all alone outside the crease to tap in the rebound, but Rodericks made the kick save.