Hamilton scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period on Friday, lifting the Continentals to a 2-0 victory over #7 Middlebury (9-4-2, 5-3-1) in NESCAC action. The two teams wrap up their two-game series on Saturday in Kenyon Arena at 3:00 p.m.
After a scoreless first period in which each team had seven shots, Hamilton (10-5-2, 5-3-1) got on the board with the first of its two power-play goals in the period. Kelli Mackey won a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Katie Parkman, who drifted toward the middle of the ice on the blueline. Parkman sent a pass back to Mackey, who rifled a shot from the right that deflected off a Middlebury defender on the far post and into the net at the 4:37 mark. The goal was Mackey's third of the year.
The score remained a one-goal advantage for the visitors until just under a minute left in the middle period. Following a face-off in the offensive end, an initial shot by Mackey from the top of the circle was padded away by Middlebury goalie Julia Neuburger. The ensuing rebound bounced to the stick of Andrea Rockey, who wristed a shot into the back of the net at the 19:09 mark for her eighth goal of the season.
In the third, Hamilton looked to increase its lead on a shot by Caroline Knop as part of a breakaway, but Neuburger came out of her crease to catch the wrister. Middlebury's best scoring chance of the period came near the midway point when Jessica Young skated in two-on-one, but Hamilton netminder Sam Walther saved the high wrister with her glove.
The Panthers pulled Neuburger for the final 2:15 of play for an extra skater, but the hosts were unable to score.
Neuburger made 18 saves for the Panthers, while Walther finished with 21 stops. Middlebury held a slight 21-20 edge in shots with Hamilton going 2-4 on its power-play opportunities, while the Panthers were scoreless in two chances.
The home shutout is the first suffered by Middlebury since a 2-0 setback during the Panther/Cardinal Classic on December 1, 2013 against Plattsburgh State.