Men's Hockey Edged By Hamilton, 1-0

Mark McLellan skates the puck up the ice during Saturday's game against Hamilton. (Will Costello)
Mark McLellan skates the puck up the ice during Saturday's game against Hamilton. (Will Costello)

The Middlebury men's hockey team fell to Hamilton, 1-0 on Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (4-17-2, 2-13-2) wrap up their regular season on Sunday, entertaining Amherst at 4:00 p.m., while the Continentals (15-6-2, 9-6-2) will travel to Williams for a 3:00 p.m. face-off.

The opening period saw 20 minutes of scoreless play, as Middlebury was able to kill off three minutes of five-on-three action. Hamilton's best opportunity of the power play came at the 13:41 mark of the period, but Rory Gagnon's shot from the right post was denied by Panther goalie Stephen Klein.

The Continentals had another chance to take the lead just 2:23 into the second period.  Hamilton's Bennett Morrison rifled a shot from the right circle, but it hit the left pipe and ricocheted away.

The Panthers had a similar opportunity to take the lead 4:01 into the third period when Mitchell Allen sent a pass from the right circle to the left side. Trevor Turnbull one-timed Allen's pass, but the puck hit the pipe, keeping the game knotted at 0-0. The lone goal of the game came 2:14 later when Continental Nick Ursitt's hard shot from the slot tucked inside the right post to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead.

Middlebury had a final opportunity to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining, but Mark McLellan's shot was denied by Hamilton goalie Evan Buitenhuis, securing the win for the Continentals.

Klein finished 36 saves for the Panthers, while Buitenhuis turned away 27 for the visitors. The Panthers were 0-2 on the power play, but erased all four chances for the Continentals.