Amherst (4-3-1, 1-3-1) scored three first-period goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Middlebury (0-8-0, 0-6-0) in the final game of the semester for both teams. The Panthers return to action on December 30 when they host the annual Holiday Classic, facing St. Anselm at 1:00 p.m. Amherst next play on January 2 when it hosts New England College.
Amherst took a 1-0 lead 6:58 into the contest with a power-play goal. Thomas Lindstrom had some space behind the net before making a quick feed to Patrick Daly for the early lead. The Purple and White made it a 2-0 game exactly two minutes later when Daly scored with a high snap shot from the right wing after a dish from David White.
Middlebury got on the board when Mitchell Allen carried the puck in from his own blue line for a shorthanded tally at the 12:19 mark. The goal was his second of the season, the first with a man down.
Amherst wasted little time responding, regaining a two-goal lead just 45 seconds later when Joey Lupo put home a rebound after the original shot from Jack Fitzgerald had been saved.
Trailing 3-1 in the second period, Middlebury had a scoring opportunity at the 6:30 mark, but Andrew Neary's shot in transition was saved by Amherst goaltender Connor Girard, as was the follow up attempt by Allen. Middlebury's Brendan Dawson later hit the crossbar on a power-play attempt, while the Panthers were unsuccessful with 54 seconds of five-on-three situation.
The third period saw both teams with some chances to score, but neither could find the back of a tended net. Phil Johannson sealed the game for Amherst when he scored an empty-net goal with 2:58 left to play for the 4-1 final.
The shots were even at 29-29 in the contest with Amherst going 1-4 and Middlebury 0-6 on the power play. Stephen Klein finished with 25 saves in the game for the Panthers, while Girard made 28 stops.