Middlebury's Matt Silcoff posted two goals and an assist as the Panthers defeated Hamilton 6-1 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 15. Middlebury (12-9-2 overall, 11-4-2 NESCAC) led 4-0 before the midway point of the first period and have won six of their last seven games.
Evan Neugold chipped in one goal and two assists for the visitors. Robbie Dobrowski added one goal and one assist, and Connor Frick and Ben Wiggins scored one goal apiece. Mike Peters stopped 20 shots in his second start in goal to earn the win. Brian Ferrell notched the goal for the Continentals (6-14-3, 4-11-2), while Joe Quattrocchi stopped 25 shots.
Middlebury broke open the scoring with two goals in the first 85 seconds. Silcoff scored on a rebound after his initial shot was denied, but the puck came right back to him and he flicked it in for the goal 64 seconds into the period. Just 21 seconds later, Wiggins added a goal after rebounding a wide shot by Tom Freyre behind the net, skating to the right post and tapping the puck in for a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers made it a 3-0 game at 8:31 while skating four-on-four when Frick received a pass from Dobrowski at the top of the right faceoff circle and beat Quattrocchi top shelf with a slap shot. The visitors tacked on their fourth goal of the period 52 seconds later on Silcoff’s power play goal. Neugold dumped a pass behind to Silcoff, who skated across in front of the crease and scored on the backhand.
Hamilton got one back with 59.3 seconds left in the opening frame on Ferrell’s second tally of the season. Tyler Lovejoy sent a shot from just inside the blue line on the right side. Patrick Sen redirected the puck to Ferrell for the goal to make it a 4-1 at the end of the first.
At the 5:12 mark of the second period, the Panthers tacked on another power play goal, with Neugold and Silcoff teaming up again to put Middlebury up 5-1. Silcoff skated across the center of the offensive zone and dropped a pass back to Neugold for the one-timer near the right faceoff circle.
Dobrowski rounded out the scoring for the Panthers on a goal with 8:39 left in the game to give Middlebury a 6-1 lead. Dobrowski gathered the rebound after and sent the puck into the back of the cage after Louis Belisle’s initial shot from the left side was denied.
Middlebury held a 31-21 shot advantage, was 2-4 on the power play and kept Hamilton from scoring on the power play despite five opportunities.