Gagnon's Hat Trick Leads Hamilton Men's Hockey Past Jumbos, 4-2

Recap courtesy of Hamilton College

CLINTON, N.Y. - Hamilton College senior tri-captain Rory Gagnon recorded the second hat trick of his career and the Continentals defeated the Tufts University Jumbos 4-2 at Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Cory Gottfried scored and assisted goals for the Jumbos

Hamilton (7-6-1, 5-3-1 NESCAC) swept its NESCAC weekend after defeating Connecticut College 7-4 on Friday night. The victory moves the Continentals up to fifth place in the conference standings. Tufts dropped to 5-9 ovearll and 2-6 in the league.

The Jumbos could have jumped out to 3-0 lead, but Continentals junoir goalie Anthony Tirabassi (26 saves) was a brickwall through the first 20 minutes of play. At 5:38, Brendan Ryan raced into Hamilton's zone and made a short pass to Edward Hannon for a one-timer, but Tirabassi slid across the crease for a leg save. A short two minutes later, Rune Kirby ripped a slap shot from the point. Tirabassi slid to his right to make the first save as the rebound bounced to his left for a wide open look for Clay Berger, but Tirabassi made a diving stop. Tirabassi came up big again at 11:46 when Nick Schultze fired a slap shot from the point that bounced off a defender and Tirabassi just managed to get his blocker in the way.

Hamilton gained a 1-0 lead after the first period of play when Gagnon notched his first of the game at 13:35. Nick Rutigliano fed the puck up to Jason Brochu speeding through the neutral zone. Brochu and Gagnon did a little give-and-go and Gagnon wristed a shot past Tufts freshman goalie Josh Sarlo (33 saves) and inside the near post.

Anthony Farinacci stayed hot for Tufts and tied the game 1-1 for the Jumbos at 13:56 in the second. Cory Gottfried quickly fed the puck up to Blake McIntyre at the near blue line. McIntyre passed across the ice to Farinacci who took the defender one on one and tucked the puck past the outstretched leg of Tirabassi. It was his fourth goal in the last four games.

The Continentals took advantage of two Jumbo penalties during the final two minutes of the second period. It was Rutigliano, Brochu and Gagnon again with 36 seconds left on the clock. Rutigliano moved through the high slot and passed to Brochu at the back post. Brochu then made a bullet pass through the crease to Gagnon who whipped the puck into the nylon for a 2-1 advantage by the hosts.

Gagnon and Justin Felhaber added back-to-back empty net goals at 17:54 and 18:22, before Tufts' Gottfried scored off a faceoff to the right of Tirabassi with 13 seconds remaining in the contest.

Hamilton finished with a 37-28 margin in shots, including 11-6 in the third. They were 1 for 6 on power plays while the Jumbos went 0 for 4.

Brochu finished the game with three assists to go with Gagnon's three goals which gave him seven on the season.

Gottfried finished with a goal and an assist for Tufts.

Tufts is off until playing at Trinity next Friday night. The Continentals are at Amherst next Friday.