Men's Ice Hockey Plays Hamilton to 1-1 (OT) Draw in Season Opener

Men's Ice Hockey Plays Hamilton to 1-1 (OT) Draw in Season Opener

Courtesy of Hamilton College

CLINTON, N.Y. - First-year Patrick Daly scored his first collegiate goal 2:09 into play, however the Amherst College men's ice hockey team were unable to tally the game-winner following a Continental goal early in the third as they played Hamilton College to a 1-1 double overtime draw Friday evening. 

With the tie, both squads move to 0-0-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in NESCAC play. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they travel to St. Michael's for a 4 p.m. non-conference tilt. 

The Continentals outshot the visitors 22-11 over the third period and overtime, but Amherst's Connor Girard '18 finished with 35 saves, including five in overtime.

Amherst needed just 2:09 to score the season's first goal. Patrick Daly's shot from the left face-off circle gave the visitors the early lead. Chris Roll and Greg Krisberg were credited with assists on the play.

Willett's 14th career goal came 30 seconds into the third. After the Continentals won the period's opening face-off, Willett dumped the puck into the corner where an Amherst skater tried to wind a clearing pass up the boards. Neil Conway picked off the puck and found Willett in front of the net for the goal.

Hamilton had 16 more shots on goal in the period, then five more in overtime. Amherst was able to kill off four Continental power plays – which took up over a third of the period – to preserve the tie. Girard made five saves with Amherst skating a man down and a Hamilton shot hit the crossbar with under three minutes left in regulation.

Buitenhuis turned away the only shot he faced in overtime, stopping Amherst's David White midway through. White's shot followed Girard's biggest save of the extra session: Hamilton's Rory Gagnon received a pass from behind the Amherst net at the high slot but his point-blank shot was smothered by Girard.