(With contributions from Saint Michael's Sports Information)
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Hamilton College Continentals scored six unanswered goals over the final two periods to come from behind and defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-1 Saturday afternoon in the Trader Duke's Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena. Saint Michael's College is hosting the tournament.
The victory extended the Continentals unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and improved their overall record to 6-2-1. The Huskies fell to 4-10 overall with the loss.
Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first period when junior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.) tallied an unassisted goal. Hamblett picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and picked her way through the Hamilton players before taking a shot that traveled over the right shoulder of sophomore goalie Sammy Johnson (Scituate, Mass.) and below crossbar.
The Huskies good fortune did not last long as they were hit with three minor penalties in the opening 3:40 of the second period. The Huskies killed off the first man-down situation before the Continentals took advantage of a 5-on-3 advantage to get the equalizing goal from junior Andrea Rockey (Morgantown, W.Va.) at 4:02. Sophomore Michaela Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) gave the Continentals the lead for good at 15:17 with the first of her two goals in the game. Senior Mairead Carey (Ijamsville, Md.) added another tally just over two minutes later to give the Continentals a 3-1 edge going into the final period.
Hamilton blew the game wide open in the final three minutes netting three goals. Rookie Missy Segall (Wellesley, Mass.), Giuttari and rookie Maddie Beitler (Cumberland, R.I.) all lit the lamp for the Continentals within a 1:51 span to account for the final tally.
Giuttari finished the day with two goals and one assist to lead all scorers. Segall and Carey each had a goal and an assist, and rookie Karina Sirabian (New Rochelle, N.Y.) picked up two assists.
Johnson finished the game with 11 saves while her USM counterpart, sophomore Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.), stopped 27 shots. Hamilton had a 33-12 advantage in shots on goal, including a 19-3 margin in the second period.
Named to the All-Tournament team from Hamilton were Giuttari and senior Caroline Knop (Lake Bluff, Ill.). USM junior Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) was also named to the team. Giuttari was also picked as the MVP of the tournament.
Southern Maine will take to the road on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for a non-conference matinee at Amherst College. Hamilton travels to SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-league game.