No. 11/13 men's hockey blanks Colby, wins fifth straight

Evan Buitenhuis '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Evan Buitenhuis '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Evan Buitenhuis '18 made 30 saves and the Continentals shut out the Colby College Mules 3-0 in NESCAC men's hockey action at Colby's Alfond Rink on Friday night.

Hamilton (8-2-1, 3-2-1 NESCAC) won its fifth straight game and hasn't allowed a goal in the last two contests. The Continentals, who are ranked 11th by and 13th by, have outscored their opponents 19-4 during the current streak.

Buitenhuis (1.52 GAA, .948 save pct.) posted his first shutout this season and the seventh of his Hamilton career. He is fourth in Division III in save percentage and sixth in goals against average. The Continentals are second in the nation in scoring defense with 1.27 goals allowed per game.

Justin Felhaber '21 led the Hamilton offense with a goal and an assist, and Neil Conway '18 and Jason Brochu '19 were both credited with a pair of helpers. Conway and Brochu are tied for the team lead with nine assists apiece.

Felhaber gave Hamilton a 1-0 advantage on his first collegiate goal in his third game with 3:05 left in the first period. Conway intercepted a pass near the Colby blue line and pushed the puck to the left to Felhaber for a blast.

After a scoreless second period, Jon Stickel '19 gave the Continentals an important insurance tally at 6:52 of the third. The Mules were unable to clear the zone thanks to Hamilton's forechecking and Stickel poked the puck past Sean Lawrence (32 saves) from point-blank range after Lawrence had stopped an initial shot by Teddy Simson '21. The goal is the first this season for Stickel and the assist for Simson is his first point.

Rory Gagnon '19 added an empty-net goal with 2:09 remaining in the third, just 11 seconds after Colby (6-4-0, 5-2) pulled Lawrence for an extra skater. Gagnon, who leads the Continentals with 10 goals, is tied for first in Division III in goals per game.

Hamilton held a 35-30 advantage in shots, including 16-7 in the first period. The Continentals were 0-for-5 on the power play while the Mules had just one power-play chance midway through the third period. Colby is ranked 14th in the Division III poll. The Mules have lost their last two games after they won their previous five.

Hamilton travels to Brunswick, Maine, for another NESCAC game against Bowdoin College on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.