Men’s Hockey Falls to #13 Hamilton, 4-1

Owen Powers scored for the Panthers against the Continentals.
Owen Powers scored for the Panthers against the Continentals.

Hamilton scored four unanswered goals, as the 13th-ranked Continentals (4-2-1, 1-2-1) skated to a 4-1 victory over visiting Middlebury on Friday. The Panthers (1-6-0, 1-4-0) continue conference action Saturday at 3:00 p.m. with a road contest at Amherst.

Middlebury claimed the early lead in the contest, scoring 7:26 into the game. The visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead when Owen Powers tipped Brendan Dawson's shot from along the right boards past Continental goalie Evan Buitenhuis. The hosts knotted the score six minutes later when Rory Gagnon slipped behind the Middlebury defense and beat netminder Stephen Klein, tying the game at 1-1. Buitenhaus made sure that score held until the first intermission, robbing Powers as he looked to finish off a shorthanded two-on-one with just over a minute on the clock.

In the middle stanza, Hamilton scored a pair of goals with the first one coming when Nick Ursitti chipped a pass from Brandon Willett in at the five-minute mark. The hosts made it 3-1 with 5:25 remaining before the intermission, as Gagnon tapped in his second of the game from the top of the crease after taking a short feed from Neil Conway.

Middlebury successfully killed off 4:10 of a five-minute major that carried over into the third period, as Klein held his ground with six saves in during that time. The Panthers had a good chance to get within a goal with 3:39 on the clock when Charlie Parsons fired a backhand from the slot on goal, but Buitenhuis kicked out his left pad for the save. The hosts capped the scoring with 8.3 seconds remaining when Jason Brochu tallied into an empty net.

Klein finished with 35 saves, while Buitenhuis turned away 22 for Hamilton as the hosts held a 38-23 advantage in shots. The Panthers were 0-2 on the power play and erased all five Continental opportunities.