Middlebury scored four second period power play goals on its way to a 7-4 road win at Hamilton. The Panthers wrap up their regular season on Saturday when they visit Amherst.
Jake Davis gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds in, only to have Scott Bartlett answer for the Panthers just 10 seconds later. Jerome Wallace helped the Continentals regain the lead at 7:58, with Bartlett again answering, this time on the power play at 9:03. Bartlett notched the hat-trick at the 16:22 mark as Middlebury took a 3-2 lead after one.
A penalty-filled second period saw Middlebury outscore Hamilton 4-1 and emerge with a 7-3 lead. John Sales scored the first of the session at 1:39, while Andrew Dicristoforo answered for Hamilton at 5:32, prompting Middlebury to make a goaltending change, bringing in Doug Raeder for Ross Cherry.
Middlebury then scored three power play goals in 2:11 to break open a 4-3 game. Darwin Hunt started the run, with goals by Jamie McKenna and Mason Graddock to follow.
Chris Lorenc scored the only goal of the third period for Hamilton, to make it a 7-4 final. Tom Maldonado had three assists on the night for Middlebury, while Evgeny Saidachev and Mickey Gilchrist added two apiece. Travis Blood had two helpers for Hamilton.
Ross Cherry and Doug Raeder combined to make 10 saves in goal, while Matt Crowson and Ian Stearns combined for 40 stops for Hamilton.