Nichols '19 scores but men's hockey edged by Skidmore

Ian Nichols '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Ian Nichols '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Skidmore College scored two goals midway through the third period and the Thoroughbreds rallied for a 2-1 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink on Monday.

Six skaters recorded one point for Skidmore, which improved to 8-5-1 with its fourth straight win. The Thoroughbreds posted a 5-2 victory against Hamilton at Clinton Arena on Sunday.

Ian Nichols '19 scored his first goal this season and the fifth of his Hamilton career, and Jon Stickel '19 picked up his third assist of the season and his 17th career point. Sean Storr '22 made 29 saves in 58-plus minutes in his first collegiate start in goal. Jason Brochu '19 won 9 of 14 faceoffs.

After a scoreless first period, Nichols broke the ice with the Continentals' first short-handed goal of the season at 10:26 of the second. Stickel took advantage of a turnover at the blue line and found Nichols on a 2-on-1 before Nichols went top shelf for the goal.

The goal held up as Hamilton killed four penalties during the first 12 minutes of the middle period. One of the Continentals was sent off with a five-minute major for contact to the head with 34 seconds left in the period and Hamilton killed that penalty for more than four minutes early in the third as well.

Skidmore's Kyle DelMaestro finally put one past Storr at 11:56 of the third period, and John Litscher gave the Thoroughbreds the lead with 6:41 left. Hamilton had a power-play opportunity with 6:01 remaining and pulled Storr for an extra skater with 1:26 to go. The Continentals had a breakaway chance late, but Brandon Kasel (21 stops) made a glove save to deny Nick Ursitti '20 with 28.7 seconds left.

Hamilton returns home to Russell Sage Rink for a NESCAC game against Colby College on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.