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With the close of the year, the end came for the Curry hockey team. Specifically, the end of the Colonels’ seven-game winning streak.

In a nonconference game Saturday at Curry’s Max Ulin Arena, Hamilton’s Michael DiMare scored the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in overtime to hand Curry a 6-5 loss — the Colonels’ first loss in nearly two months.

Talk about beating the clock, both as time was winding down in the nonconference game and as 2011 was in its final hours. Curry took its first loss since November 6, when Neumann defeated the Colonels, 5-4, in the season opener for both teams.

Curry was one of four ECAC Northeast teams that resumed its schedule over the weekend after the holiday break — a weekend that included a tournament for Salve Regina and Becker. The Seagulls and the Hawks played in the four-team St. Michael’s Holiday Classic in Colchester, Vt., and both teams finished a combined 0-3-1.

The tournaments continue this weekend, as Johnson and Wales will play in the Codfish Bowl at Massachusetts-Boston — the 47th year of the tournament — joining Southern New Hampshire and Tufts.

Nichols and Becker will play in the four-team Worcester City Shootout, joining Worcester State and host team Assumption — a tournament that features programs from only the Worcester area (Nichols is about 20 minutes south of Worcester, in Dudley, Mass.).

The MASCAC resumes play tonight, as Salem State hosts Colby at 6 p.m. in a nonconference game. Of note — all of the MASCAC’s games scheduled for this week are nonconference contests. The conference schedule doesn’t resume until January 12