Three seniors scored on the program's senior day, as Middlebury wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 win over Amherst (9-11-4, 7-8-3) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (7-10-7, 6-5-7) have earned the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will visit #4 Hamilton for a quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 27. Amherst finishes sixth and will visit third-seeded Bowdoin on the same day.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 15:28 into the game when Zach Haggerty scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Max Greenwald set up the goal with a nice pass from the left side through the slot to Haggerty, who redirected it into the back of the net. The Panthers nearly made it a 2-0 game with a minute to go in the period, but a shot by Spencer Cage after a feed from Greenwald was denied by Amherst netminder Connor Girard (24 saves).
The lead grew to 3-0 in the second period when the Panthers scored twice in a span of a minute. Ronald Fishman netted the first goal from a tough angle down low, earning his fifth of the season. Jake Charles made it a three-goal advantage at the 4:41 mark, taking a feed from Cage before snapping home a wrister from the right side for his sixth of the year.
Amherst was the first team to have a power play in the contest after a hooking penalty at the 10:34 mark of the second period. The best chance to score on the extra-man opportunity came from the Panthers when Evan Neugold was denied on a breakaway by Girard.
The Purple & White capitalized on a power play later in the period, making it a 3-1 game at the 16:01 mark. Theo Hannah and Patrick Arena worked the puck at the top of the zone, with Hannah scoring his first of the season with a shot from the point.
Neither team had any quality scoring chances in the third, as the Panthers were unsuccessful on their only power play of the game. Amherst pulled Girard for the final 2:08, but was unable to score with the extra attacker.
Middlebury outshot Amherst 27-22, as Liam Moorfield-Yee made 21 saves to earn the win for the Panthers.