Beniers '21 notches goal in men's hockey loss at Brockport

Jon Beniers '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Jon Beniers '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Jon Beniers '21 scored the Continentals' lone goal in a 3-1 non-conference loss against SUNY Brockport at Tuttle North Ice Arena on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period, Brochu appeared to give Hamilton (1-1-0 overall) on a slap shot past a Brockport defender and goalie Jake Moore but the officials huddled and ruled there was no goal.

Ten minutes later, Brockport (5-1-1) opened the scoring. Ethan Solat found a clear passing lane from behind the net to dead center in front of it where Doc Gentzler received the puck and shot it past Anthony Tirabassi '20 with 5:05 left in the second period.

The Golden Eagles doubled their lead on the power play with less than a second left in the period. The puck found its way into the net off a deflection after a scrum in front, but was determined to be a goal by Jordan Renaud on assists by Ryan Romeo and Corey Tam. Brockport scored their final goal 7:08 into the third when Kyle Collette scored top shelf over Tirabassi's head from the right side.

Hamilton scored its only goal 1:34 later when the Continentals gained control of the puck at center ice and Nick Ursitti '20, Rory Gagnon '19 and Beniers rushed the zone and. completed a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play. Ursitti started with the puck on the left side and passed it to Gagnon in the middle. Gagnon drew the defensemen and cleared a passing lane to Beniers to the right of the net, and he buried the puck in the back of the net with a slap shot past Moore.

Tirabassi (18 saves) made some strong saves, including shutting down a breakaway by Aidan Salerno straight out of the penalty box, and stopping a spin-move attempt by Hunter Laslo.

The Continentals outshot Brockport 34-21 and won 36 out of 65 faceoffs. Moore made 33 saves for Brockport.

The Continentals will return to the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. when they host Wilkes University at Russell Sage Rink.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22