Middlebury remained unbeaten in its last four games as they closed out the regular season with a 6-2 win over Amherst. The Panthers end the NESCAC regular season in a first place tie with Bowdoin, but will end up as the tournament's second seed with the Polar Bears owning the tie-breaker over Middlebury. The Panthers will host seventh-seeded Williams on Saturday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup.
The game was even at the start but a pair of goals within a minute of each other gave Middlebury a 2-0 advantage. Mickey Gilchrest and Brett Shirreffs each found the net as the teams headed to the locker room.
The Jeffs came out firing in the second stanza as Joel Covelli finished off a cross-ice pass from Mike McIntosh. Only three minutes later, Rylan Burns fired a shot from the blue line that made its way through a crowd tying the score at two. Middlebury took control for good at the seven minute mark during four on four play, when Jack Kinder found the back of the net. The Panthers then took a two-goal lead with just under four minutes to play in the second period off the stick of Samuel Driver.
The third period was more Middlebury as Evgeny Saidachev and John Sullivan finished off their chances sealing the Jeffs fate 6-2.
Middlbury's Doug Raeder made 23 stops for the Panthers, while Josh Fillman turned aside 30 shots and A.J. Scola made six stops in the third period for Amherst.