Feb. 18, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Anthony Scarpino (Meadville, PA) netted a natural hat trick and freshman forward Michael DiMare (Medford, MA) potted a pair of markers as Hamilton College scored three unanswered goals to upend the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team, 5-4, this evening in an Eastern Athletic Conference East/New England Small College Athletic Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Continentals improve to 13-6-4 overall and 10-4-4 in league play while the Beacons fall to 14-10-0 and 9-9-0.
Hamilton struck on its first power play to take a 1-0 lead at 7:43 of the opening period. Freshman forward Nicholas Anderson (Port Coquitlam, BC) put a shot on net, and then senior forward Joe Buicko (Altamont, NY) tried to jam in the loose puck that ended up bouncing out to DiMare who buried the chance. Just 52 seconds later, UMass Boston answered to tie the contest, 1-1. Parked in the slot, senior forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) redirected a pass from freshman forward Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, NJ) and senior defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) for the tally. With a delayed penalty coming against the Beacons, the Continentals regained the lead, 2-1, 44 seconds after UMass Boston's equalizer. Scarpino cleaned up in front of the net after shots by freshman forwards Tommy Williams (Pennant, SK) and Evan Haney (Sainte-Marthe, QUE). Atsoff's second goal of the game and 14th of the season once again knotted the score. Sophomore blueliner Chris Wilcox (Hollywood, FL) hit Atsoff in stride in the neutral zone and the senior raced up the ice and dinged the shot off the inside of the far-side post from the faceoff circle on the power play at 14:51. The Beacons grabbed their first lead of the game with 1:01 to play in the period. Senior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) put a shot on goal and Daniel redirected at 18:59 for his 11th of the year. Atsoff helped keep in the puck zone for the secondary assist on the score which was his third point of the opening frame.
UMass Boston had a two minute 5-on-3 that covered the final 45 seconds of first period and opening 1:15 of the second and finally connected with two ticks left on the advantage. Freshman forward Mark Grinhaus (Scar1sdale, NY) buried a shot from in close with Atsoff and Wilcox earning the assists to bring the Beacons' lead to 4-2. However, Scarpino netted a pair of goals over the remainder of the period to give him the natural hat trick and to send the teams to the second intermission deadlocked, 4-4. Sophomore defenseman Joseph Houk (Richboro, PA) was credited with the assist on Scarpino's first tally that crept through the pads of UMass Boston junior goaltender Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) and barely crossed the goal line at 9:26. Then, with a 5-on-3 advantage at 12:47, Scarpino found the net after attempts by Buicko and sophomore defenseman Andrew White (Franklin, MA).
DiMare scored his second of the game and 13th of the season at 4:47 of the third period to give Hamilton a 5-4 lead. Houk was credited with his second helper of the contest on what proved to be the game-winner.
In net, Bendel made 30 stops in the losing effort for the home team, while freshman goalie Joe Quattrocchi (Kanata, ONT) came on in relief of senior goaltender Scott Hefferman (Warwick, RI) and made 22 stops over 38 minutes while allowing a single goal.
Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon as the Beacons host Amherst at 3:00 p.m. and the Continentals travel to Wellesley, MA to face Babson College at 4:00 p.m.