Goal and assist for Rutigliano '22 in men's hockey loss

Nick Rutigliano ’22 (Josh McKee photo)
Nick Rutigliano ’22 (Josh McKee photo)

SUNY Canton's Kyler Matthews scored with seven seconds remaining in the third period and lifted the Kangaroos to a 3-2 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday night at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink.

With 13 seconds left, Canton (4-3-1 overall) stole the puck away in its defensive end and started the game-winning attack. AJ D'Orazio passed ahead to Max Routledge and Routledge quickly fed the puck to Matthews, who was surging into Hamilton's zone. Matthews was 1-on-1 with the defender and sniped a screened shot over the right shoulder of Sean Storr '22 (16 saves).

Hamilton (2-4-0) held a one-goal at the end of the first and second periods. The Continentals were edged 4-3 by the Kangaroos on Nov. 26 in Canton.

Nick Rutigliano '22 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead after the first stanza with his second goal of the season. Cade Groton '23 passed the puck out of the right corner to Rutigliano at the point and Rutigliano passed across the ice to Teddy Simson '21 in the high slot for a shot that sailed wide-left of the goal. Nick Hawkins '23 beat the defender to the loose puck and popped it back to Simson who turned and found Rutigliano for a one-timer over the right shoulder of Austin Washkurak (32 saves) at 13:45.

Reily McIntosh knotted the score for the Kangaroos at 2:51 in the second. Sean Shepard broke the puck out of Canton's end and sent a cross-ice pass to Baily Conklin at the red line. Conklin skated into Hamilton's end and delivered a centering pass for McIntosh to redirect into the nylon.

Less than two minutes later, Andrew Court '22 gave the lead back to Hamilton with a power-play goal at 4:39. Josh Labonte '21 passed across the blue line to Rutigliano who fired a pass through the slot to Court at the back door, and Court wristed a shot top shelf.

Routledge tied the score for Canton in the opening minute of the third period. Jarrod Croswell swiped a rebound out of danger and to the stick of Sean David who sprinted out of the defensive end for a 2-on-1 with Routledge. David fired a shot on goal, the rebound bounced right to Routledge's stick and he snapped the puck over the goal line at 1:03.

Hamilton returns to NESCAC play with a 7 p.m. contest at home against Williams College on Friday, Dec. 6.