Middlebury dropped its second straight NESCAC road game, falling 4-3 at Hamilton in a contest played at Russell Sage Rink. The Continentals (3-3-1, 2-3-1 NESCAC) scored three third-period goals to stretch their unbeaten streak to three games and snap a three-game losing streak to Middlebury. The Panthers fall to 3-3-2, 3-2-1 in NESCAC play.
DiMare’s line contributed Hamilton’s first three goals. After the Panthers opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Cameron Romoff midway through the opening period, Robbie Murden tied the score with four minutes left in the first. He took a pass from DiMare and sent a shot from the right face-off circle past Middlebury’s Liam Moorfield-Yee for his sixth goal of the season.
Kenny Matheson put the Continentals ahead to stay with the first of the third period’s five goals. He scored his second goal of the year 4:17 into the period with DiMare and Murden assisting on the play.
The teams traded goals 11 seconds apart midway through the third. After Hamilton returned to full strength after successfully killing off a five-minute major, DiMare collected his sixth goal of the season. The Panthers answered six seconds after winning the ensuing face-off with John Barr and George Ordway assisting on Derek Pimentel’s fifth goal of the year.
A goal by Seamus O’Neill with 4:44 remaining put the Continentals back up by two before Robbie Donahoe scored an unassisted goal to pull the Panthers back to within a goal with 3:09 to go. Middlebury had two more shots on goal in the final three minutes but both were saved by Joe Quattrocchi.
Quattrocchi made 25 saves, including 11 in the first period. Middlebury outshot the Continentals 10-1 over the first 15 minutes of play, but were outshot 21-18 after that burst. Moorfield-Yee made 18 saves in his first start of the season.
Both teams are idle until Thursday, Jan. 3. The Continentals will play at Plattsburgh, while the Panthers host the Holiday Classic on January 3rd and 4th.