Men's hockey edges Conn. College in NESCAC road contest

Justin Felhaber '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Justin Felhaber '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Justin Felhaber '21 posted a goal and an assist in the Continentals' 2-1 NESCAC win against the Connecticut College Camels at Conn. College's Dayton Arena on Friday night.

Hamilton (10-9-2, 8-5-2 NESCAC) collected its second straight win on the road. Felhaber won 9 of 14 faceoffs and Jon Stickel '19 picked up assists on both goals by the Continentals. Anthony Tirabassi '20 (2.72 GAA, .914 save pct.) made 20 saves in his 18th start in goal this season. Tirabassi has started all 15 conference games.

Felhaber broke a 1-1 tie 4:35 into the third period. Stickel managed to keep control of the puck after forcing a turnover near the point. He and Felhaber rushed the net, and Stickel shot first from the right corner. The puck deflected towards Felhaber who put it past Avery Gobbo (16 saves) for his fifth goal of the season. Stickel has seven assists and eight points.

Hamilton's Ian Nichols '19 opened the scoring at 12:19 in the first period. Felhaber beat a Camels defenseman to the puck at the point and passed it to the center. Stickel received the pass and tried to shoot through traffic but the shot was stopped by a Conn. College player. Nichols collected the puck off the blocked shot and managed to backhand it past Gobbo to the far left side of the net for his second goal this season.

The Camels (6-14-1, 2-12-1) evened the score with 1:11 left in the first on a 3-on-2 breakaway. Jacob Moreau tipped the puck away from a Hamilton skater then rushed the zone on the right-wing side with Matt Creamer in the center and Steven Senese on the left wing. At the dot, Moreau passed the puck to Creamer who knelt down and shot the puck off the pass over Tirabassi.

Conn. College had chances to tie the score late in the third period. A Hamilton player was sent to the penalty box for hooking with 3:30 remaining and the Camels pulled Gobbo for an extra skater with 42 seconds to go. Conn. College mustered just one off-target shot during the final 3:30 of the third period. Both teams ended up 0-for-3 on the power play. 

The Continentals play again on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Tufts University in Malden, Massachusetts, at 4 p.m.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22