Middlebury jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-2 victory over Hamilton (3-3-1, 2-2-1) in the Panthers' (2-4-2, 2-2-2) final game of the semester. Middlebury returns to action on January 2-3, 2015 in Lake Placid, N.Y. when its hosts the New Years College Hockey Classic.
Hamilton nearly tied the game following the ensuing face-off, but Tyler Bruneteau's shot hit the pipe. The Panthers had another great shorthanded opportunity on the other end of the ice, but the puck was cleared after scramble in the crease.
Hamilton got on the board late in the period when Scott Vazquez wristed a shot into the top left corner of the net from the high slot with eight seconds remaining.
The Continentals made it a one-goal game early in the second period with a power play goal. Kenny Matheson fed Robbie Murden for a big slap shot into the back of the net.
Middlebury regained a two-goal cushion at 8:49 when Neugold picked off a pass and found Mike Najjar, who scored with a wrist shot to the top left corner of the net.
Hamilton had a great chance to close the gap with a five-minute major power play, but could not get one past Stephen Klein, who was solid in net for the Panthers.
Ronald Fishman intercepted a pass and quickly found Ordway for a goal that gave Middlebury a 5-2 lead 2:54 into the third session.
Klein came up big two minutes later, flashing the pad for a nice save on Jon Carkeek.
The sixth and final goal came on a four-on-three power play at the 6:57 mark of the third period. Derek Pimentel centered a pass to Charles, who scored with a one-time for the 6-2 advantage.
Hamilton held a slim 25-24 shots advantage in the game, as Charlie Fennell finished with 18 saves. Klein made 23 saves to earn his first collegiate win.