Amherst's Keenan Hodgson scored the game-winner with 5:34 remaining to lift the 15th-ranked Jeffs (6-1, 3-1) to a 4-3 win at Middlebury (1-4-2, 1-2-2) on Friday night in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Hamilton at 4:00 p.m., while Amherst visits Williams.
Amherst took a 1-0 lead 9:40 into the game when Austin Ho's shot deflected off a player in front and went up and over the shoulder of Panther netminder Liam Moorfield-Yee. The Jeffs made it a 2-0 game with a power play goal 3:16 later, as Mike Rowbotham found the back of the net.
Amherst answered 14 seconds later when Rowbotham broke in on the left side with some room and beat Moorfield-Yee after a dish from Thomas Lindstrom.
Middlebury tied the game with a power play goal 3:59 into the period to make it a 3-3 contest. Charles tipped a shot that was sent in by Terrance Goguen for his second of the night.
The Panthers appeared to have gone on top 11:52 into the third on a goal from McLellan, but the goal had come off its moorings.
The game-winner came on the Amherst power play at the 14:26 mark, as Hodgson scored with a blast from the point after a set-up from Rowbotham.
Middlebury went on the power play 38 seconds later, but could not score the equalizer. The Panthers pulled Stephen Klein, who entered the game early in the second period, but were unable to score with the extra attacker, despite a six-on-four situation for the final 38.5 seconds of the game.
Amherst sealed the contest when Kevin Ryder flipped a pass to Andrew Fenwick for the shorthanded empty-net goal with 7.3 ticks remaining.
Amherst held a slim 33-32 shots advantage in the game, as Dave Cunningham made 29 saves to earn the win. Moorfield-Yee (22:29, 3 GA, 9 saves) and Klein (36:16, 1 GA, 19 saves) both saw time for the Panthers.