Senior Christopher Bower scored with 6 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Hobart College hockey team a 2-1 win over Hamilton College in the championship game of the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic this afternoon.
Bower was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Sophomore goalie #Nick Broadwaterfinished with 35 saves in goal for the Statesmen, and was also named to the All-Tournament Team. Hobart improves to 7-3-1, and the Continentals are now 5-4-0 overall.
After a scoreless first period, Hobart struck the first blow on a power play when a blast by sophomore Ryan Corcoran from the left point was deflected past Hamilton goaltender Scott Hefferman by sophomore David Stevens at 8:08 in the period. It was Stevens’ third goal of the season. Sophomore Mike White was also credited with an assist.
The Continentals rallied to tie the game with 2:59 remaining in the second stanza. Joe Houk was able to capitalize on a Hamilton power play after a pass from Bryan Kelly.
Midway through the final frame, John Ogden just missed giving Hamilton its first lead, but his wrist shot clanged off the crossbar. The Statesmen countered, and Bower scored his second goal of the season to secure the win. Senior Kyle Whitaker and senior Tommy Capalbo earned the assists. The Continentlas pulled Hefferman with 56 seconds left in the game, but were unable to get any shots through the Hobart defense.
Hamilton held a 36-24 advantage in shots. Scott Hefferman finished with 22 saves in goal for the Continentals. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.
Hobart will return to action on Jan. 4, when the Statesmen travel to play a non-conference game against Brockport at 7 p.m.