Men's Hockey Sets School Mark With Seventh Tie of the Season

Ronald Fishman scored in the first period for the Panthers (Will Costello).
Ronald Fishman scored in the first period for the Panthers (Will Costello).

Middlebury went to overtime for the 10th time this season, settling for a school-record seventh tie of the year in a 1-1 contest with Hamilton (13-7-3, 8-6-3). The Panthers (6-10-7, 5-5-7) will wrap up their regular season on Sunday with a 4:00 p.m. game against Amherst, while Hamilton visits Williams for a 3:00 p.m. face-off.

Hamilton's only goal came 8:51 into the first period on the power play. A shot from the left point by Conor Lamberti was tipped in front by Brandon Willett and over the shoulder of Panther netminder Liam Moorfield-Yee. The marker was the eighth of the year for Willett, giving the Continentals the early advantage.

Middlebury tied the game just two minutes later at the 10:51 mark on the fourth of the year from Ronald Fishman. After taking a pass from Travis Stephens, Fishman snapped home a wrister through traffic from the top of the right face-off circle.

Neither team found the back of the net in the second period, though Hamilton's Rory Gagnon saw his shot hit the right post 15:01 into the session.

Action picked up in the third period with end-to-end action. Lamberti made a great long pass to Kenny Matheson at the 4:30 mark, but Moorfield-Yee stopped the breakaway as well as the follow-up attempt. Following the second save, the Panthers were in transition as Zach Haggerty had an open look from the left side but his shot went wide.

Evan Neugold had a good look for the Panthers at the 7:01 mark, but his backhander was stopped by Hamilton netminder Evan Buitenhuis from the slot after a failed clear. The Continentals nearly ended the game in the final minute with a two-on-one break, but Scott Vazquez missed wide with 40 seconds left after a nice dish from Truman Landowski.

In the extra session, Moorfield-Yee came up big on Jon Carkeek before Buitenhuis denied Mark McLellan with a glove save on the other end midway through the period. Hamilton had a chance late, but Moorfield-Yee stopped Robbie Murden on the left wing and then denied a last-second shot after a face-off at the buzzer.

Hamilton finished the game with a 38-21 shots advantage, with 20 saves from Buitenhuis. Moorfield-Yee was solid in net for the Panthers, finishing with 37 stops.