Christopher Bower’s goal with 6:43 remaining in the contest proved to be the game-winning goal as Hobart defeated Hamilton, 2-1, in the championship game of the PathFinder Bank/Oswego Hockey Classic Friday afternoon in Oswego. Bower went on to earn tournament MVP honors, while teammate Nick Broadwater was named to the all-tournament team after making 35 saves for the Statesmen, who improved to 7-3-1 overall. Nick Anderson and Joe Houk received all-tournament recognition for the Continentals, who fell to 5-4-0 on the season.
After a scoreless, back-and-forth first period, both teams capitalized on power play chances in the second frame. Hobart struck the first blow when Ryan Corcoran’s blast from the left point was deflected past Hamilton goaltender Scott Hefferman by David Stevens at 8:08 in the period. Mike White also earned an assist on the goal. Hamilton knotted the game 11 seconds into a power play before the end of the stanza. Joe Houk took a slap shot from the right point that went above Broadwater’s left shoulder at 17:01 with an assist going to Bryan Kelly.
Both squads played an uptempo third period, but neither team had quality scoring opportunities until midway through the frame. The Continentals’ John Ogden just missed giving Hamilton its first lead, but his wrist shot clanged off the crossbar. The Statesmen countered with an odd-man rush that resulted in Kyle Whitaker feeding Bower with the puck before he found the back of the net. Thomas Capalbo was also credited with an assist for the goal at 13:17. Hamilton pulled Hefferman with 56 seconds left in the game, but were unable to get any shots through the Hobart defense.
Hefferman recorded 22 saves in the losing effort, while Broadwater finished with 35 stops.