The Middlebury men's hockey team suffered a 4-0 NESCAC road loss on Friday night at 10th-ranked Amherst (17-4-2, 13-4-0). The Panthers (9-11-3, 6-8-3) return to action Saturday afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. game at Hamilton.
David White picked up his second hat trick of the season for the Jeffs, while Amherst goalie Danny Vitale was stellar between the pipes, notching 25 saves to secure the victory.
Amherst broke the scoreless deadlock at the 9:32 mark of the first period when White scored to give the Jeffs a 1-0 advantage. With 3:28 left to play in the stanza, Dan Merenich fired a shot on goal from in front of the crease, but Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein got his right pad in the way of the shot, keeping the Panthers' deficit at 1-0. Middlebury edged the Purple & White in shots in the opening period, 8-5.
Early in the second, Middlebury went on the power play and Max Greenwald fired a shot from the left point, but Vitale deflected the scoring attempt off his post to keep the 1-0 advantage.
At the 11:04 mark of the second frame, Thomas Lindstrom notched his fifth goal of the season to increase the Amherst advantage to 2-0. The Jeffs outshot Middlebury by a 13-5 count in the middle period.
A little more than a minute into the third session, White delivered his second marker of the contest and gave the Purple & White a 3-0 cushion. White then lit the lamp for the third time in the contest at the 15:32 mark to give the Jeffs a 4-0 lead. The hat trick goal was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
Vitale made 12 of his 25 saves in the third period en route to his third shutout of the season. Klein made 16 saves in 41:14 of action, while Mike Peters played the final 18:46 and made eight stops.