Ben Wiggins scored 31 seconds into overtime, lifting 11th-ranked Middlebury to a 5-4 victory over Hamilton (1-4-2, 1-3-1) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (4-1-2, 3-0-2) return to action on Saturday when they host Amherst at 4:00 p.m., while the Continentals travel to Williams.
Hamilton took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 10:40 into the contest. Pat Curtis’ original shot was saved, leaving a big rebound to Dom Jancaterino who finished from the left side. The Panthers earned a power play goal of their own exactly two minutes later when Derek Pimentel finished on the doorstep after a shot from the left point by Terrance Goguen hit traffic in front. Middlebury took a 2-1 lead at the 14:57 mark when George Ordway scored in transition with a backhander after a nice move through the slot. The lead grew to 3-1 with 39 seconds remaining in the period with a shorthanded tally. Ordway made a nice centering pass to Louis Belisle who scored his team-leading sixth of the season.
Hamilton cut into the lead with a five-on-three goal just 33 seconds into the second session. After a pair of blasts from the point were stopped, Pat Curtis scored on the rebound to make it a 3-2 game. Middlebury wasted little time regaining its two-goal advantage, scoring on the power play 2:19 into the period. Ordway made a nice backhand pass to an open Matt Silcoff on the left side, who finished with a quick wrister.
The Continentals came within one at the 6:08 mark when Drew Jelinek scored with a quick snap shot from the right side. Hamilton forced the game into overtime with an extra attacker on the ice and just six seconds remaining on the clock. After the original shot was blocked, the puck fell to the ice with a scramble ensuing. Anthony Ruberto skated to the crease and quickly slapped the puck into the back of the net from the slot to send the game into the extra session.
In overtime, Wiggins took a feed from Belisle before skating across the front of the goalmouth and scoring with a backhander to the top corner.
Nick BonDurant finished with 20 saves to earn the win, while Joe Quattrocchi made 18 stops for Hamilton.