McGovern's Hat Trick Leads Men's Hockey Past Hamilton

Brendan McGovern scored all three goals in the win.
Brendan McGovern scored all three goals in the win.

The Middlebury men's hockey team ended its regular season with a 3-1 road win at Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. Brendan McGovern scored all three goals for the Panthers to earn the hat trick. Middlebury (10-11-3, 7-8-3) has earned the seventh seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will visit second-seeded Amherst for a quarterfinal game on Saturday.

McGovern doubled his season goal total, registering all three on rebounds. He opened the scoring with 6:40 left in the first, poking the puck inside the near post after Hamilton's Zach Arnold (29 saves) had stopped a long shot by Terrance Goguen.

The Continentals tied the game 6:10 into the second when Robbie Murden scored his team-leading 14th goal of the year.  

McGovern scored twice in a 110-second span later in the period, capitalizing on initial shots by Evan Neugold for the go-ahead goal and Jake Charles for the insurance score.

Liam Moorfield-Yee earned the win in goal for Middlebury, stopping 10 of the 11 shots he faced. Mike Peters, who came into the game after McGovern's second goal, turned aside 16 shots in 28:37 of shutout relief.