AMHERST, Mass. – Patrick Daly '20 registered three of the Mammoths four unanswered scores to notch a hat trick in the final two periods as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team toppled Middlebury College, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink to extend their unbeaten streak to four games.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-1-3 on the season and to 2-0-3 in league play, while Middlebury falls to 1-7-0 overall (1-5-0 NESCAC). Returning to action for their final contest of 2017, Amherst returns home and hits the ice on Sunday, Dec. 31 when they welcome Endicott to Orr Rink for a 4 p.m. non-conference tilt.
Setting the tone for the Panthers, Trevor Turnbull earned a scoring chance 3:40 into the opening period as he collected the puck in the neutral zone and split the defense to earn a clear path to net. Deking to his forehand, Turnbull was inches from netting the battle's first score as his attempt rang off the left post.
Taking a 1-0 lead into intermission, Owen Powers converted on Middlebury's first power play opportunity to give the visitors the advantage at the 3:47 mark. Setting up in front of the net, Powers redirected a shot from the point by Brendan Dawson into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Responding 51 seconds into the second stanza, Thomas Lindstrom '18 notched his fourth goal of the winter to deadlock the score at 1-1. Up a skater following a Panther tripping penalty, Lindstrom gathered a rebound on the left post and roofed a shot into the top corner. David White '18 and Phil Johansson '19 were credited with the assists on the play.
Giving the Mammoths their first lead of the matchup, Daly sent the puck over the goal line with 2:29 on the clock. Not giving up on the play, Daly was able to muscle the puck from under the keepers pad, spin and slide the puck into the net as he was checked to the ice to put Amherst ahead 2-1.
Striking once again in the opening seconds, Daly's second tally of the day gave Amherst a 3-1 cushion with 19:43 to remaining in regulation. Gathering a dish from Lindstrom at the top of the right circle, Daly ripped a wrist shot past the keeper and into the bottom left corner.
Powers had an opportunity to bring Middlebury within one at the 14:14 mark as the Panthers raced into the offensive end on a 3-on-1, however Connor Girard '18 proved up to the task as he got his glove on the rip by Powers on the far post.
Daly secured the hat trick and the final dagger for Amherst with an open net goal at the 2:10 mark as the Mammoths clinched the 4-1 victory.
- Girard (2-1-3) made 18 stops for the Mammoths in the winning effort in goal, while Stephen Klein (1-6-0) recorded 23 saves for the Panthers in the loss.
- Amherst owned a 27-19 advantage in shot differential and finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Middlebury went 1-for-3 up a skater.