Women’s hockey pulls out thrilling OT win in NCAA first round, 2-1

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• The eighth-ranked Continentals (16-6-6 overall) move on to play No. 3 Adrian College in the NCAA championship quarterfinals in Adrian, Mich., at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Hamilton has won three of its last four games – all against teams ranked in the top 10.
• No. 10 Nazareth (22-6-1) had won its previous 15 contests going into Wednesday night. The Golden Flyers’ last two seasons have come to an end in the NCAA first round at Sage Rink.
• The Continentals dominated puck possession in the extra period. Nazareth had two shot attempts that were off-target while Hamilton registered five shot attempts including three on goal.
• ’27, who was the Continentals’ 19th skater for the game, forced a turnover along the left-side boards in Hamilton’s attacking zone. She skated below the goal line and threw a centering pass into the low slot that somehow eluded the sticks of three Golden Flyers. The one-timer by Bullock got past the outstretched leg of the goaltender on the glove side and touched off a wild celebration.
• Nazareth opened the scoring 4:11 into the first period off a 2-on-1 breakaway. Makenna Wiljanen flew into the Golden Flyers’ attacking zone and passed the puck at the top of the right faceoff circle to Ingrid Holstad in the slot. Holstad roofed a wrist shot over the goaltender’s blocker side for the early lead.
• Both teams had just two power-play chances, but the Continentals made the most of their first one.
• A Nazareth player was sent to the penalty box for hooking with 7:12 left in the first and Hamilton scored four seconds later. ’25 won the faceoff and the puck squirted out towards the Golden Flyers’ net. Bullock shot as she was falling to the ice and it was stopped by the goaltender. A juicy rebound came back out in front and ’25 put it in the back of the net inside the right post.
• Neither team scored during the next 50 minutes until Bullock’s game-winner.
• Bullock’s overtime game-winner was the fourth this season for the Continentals. ’24 has two and ’24 has the other.
• The Continentals have won four straight at home against Nazareth including 2-1 in overtime back on Dec. 5 and 3-1 in the first round of last year’s NCAA championship.
• Hamilton owns a 3-1 record in NCAA play. The Continentals shut out Adrian 2-0 in last year’s quarterfinals and hope to do the same this Saturday.
• 2024 NESCAC Rookie of the Year ’27, who hadn’t played in goal since a 2-0 shutout against Connecticut College on Feb. 9, didn’t miss a beat in her triumphant return. Brown made 13 of her 29 stops in the second period and kept Hamilton in the game. She has a 1.13 goals against average and .951 save percentage in 19 starts.
• Bullock posted her third multi-point game this season and the first since Dec. 1. She is fourth on the team with 15 points (six goals, nine assists).
• Joseph scored her third goal this season.
• Ito-Bagshaw posted her fifth helper this season and won 11 of 20 faceoffs.

CLINTON, N.Y. – Hamilton College’sscored 3:47 into the first sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the Continentals to a 2-1 win over the Nazareth University Golden Flyers in a 2024 NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Championship first round game inside Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Wednesday, March 6.…Read more by Hamilton College

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