Men's Hockey Remains Unbeaten in NESCAC Play

Liam Moorfield-Yee saved 61-67 shots he faced during the weekend's road games.
Liam Moorfield-Yee saved 61-67 shots he faced during the weekend's road games.

The Middlebury men's hockey team remained unbeaten in NESCAC play (2-0-3) after a 3-3 road tie at Hamilton's Sage Rink on Friday night. Liam Moorfield-Yee turned away a career high 49 shots in the game. The Panthers (2-2-3) return to action on Saturday, with their final game of the semester taking place at Amherst with faceoff set for 3:00 p.m.

Middlebury's Ronald Fishman scored a short-handed goal at 14:28 of the opening period, picking off a pass in the Continental zone and snapping a high shot past goaltender Evan Buitenhuis. A little less than three minutes later, Max Greenwald doubled the Panthers' lead with his second goal of the winter.

Hamilton (3-3-1, 1-2-1 NESCAC) scored three times in a seven-minute span of the second period to turn a 2-0 deficit into a one-goal lead. Tyler Bruneteau had a hand in the second two scores, knotting the score at 2-2 with 4:23 left in the period, before assisting on the go-ahead goal by Kenny Matheson 2:44 later. Brandon Willet scored the Continental's first goal.

Middlebury picked up the only goal of the final 26 minutes when Travis Stephens scored quickly off a face-off win in Hamilton territory at the 7:22 mark of the third period, as the goal came after a face-off following a Hamilton timeout. The goal was the first of his career for Stephens. The Panthers had a rare chance at a power-play goal four minutes later, (Middlebury has had just five power-play opportunities through its first seven games) but Hamilton, who now owns Division III's top penalty-killing unit, held the visitors to just one shot on goal.

In the overtime session, both teams managed just two shots apiece until the final minute when the Panthers had a great chance. A pass from behind the Continental net found Middlebury's Mike Najjar wide open at the left post, but his shot was stopped by Buitenhuis for the 35th of his 36 saves.