Hamilton scored a power-play goal with 1:48 remaining, knocking off seventh-ranked Middlebury to complete a two-game sweep in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers dominated much of the play, owning a 36-9 shots advantage in the game. Middlebury (9-5-2, 5-4-1) returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts Norwich at 7:00 p.m. The Continentals (11-5-2, 6-3-1) will entertain Bowdoin next Friday and Saturday.
Middlebury had a great chance to score midway through the first period, but a great one-timer by Janka Hlinka after a feed from Jessica Young was denied by a nice glove save from Hamilton goaltender Sam Walther. The Continentals got on the board late, scoring a power-play tally with just 33 seconds remaining. Michaela Giuttari made a nice pass from the right side across the zone to Jenna Jewell, for a one-timer into the back of the net. The goal was her second of the season.
Middlebury spent nearly eight minutes on the power play in the second period, outshooting its opponent, 18-2. The second power play saw the Panthers nearly tie the game as Young's one-timer off a pass from Maddie Winslow was denied by a big pad save from Walther. Middlebury broke through on its third chance, with the second of the year from Lizzie Sheline to make it a 1-1 game at the 13:44 mark. Carly Watson's shot from the point was tipped by Sheline before quickly nicking a Hamilton skate on its way to the back of the net.
The Panthers went on the power play at the 8:13 mark of the third period, but could not take the lead. Middlebury was whistled for a penalty with just 2:29 left in the contest, prompting a Hamilton timeout before it went on the power play. The game winner was scored 41 seconds later when Kelli Mackey's shot from the right point was tipped in down low by Andrea Rockey for her ninth of the season.
The Panthers pulled goaltender Lin Han in favor of an extra attacker with 1:40 remaining, but could not get the equalizer. Middlebury did have a few good chances as Watson's shot from the left point hit the far post, while Young's quick shot from point-blank range was turned aside by Walther with 16 seconds left.
Both of Hamilton's goals came on the power play, as were both of Friday's in a 2-0 win.