MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Connor Girard '18 made 24 saves in net for the Purple & White, but the Amherst College men's ice hockey team was unable to overcome a three-goal deficit as they fell to Middlebury College, 3-1, in Sunday afternoon's regular season finale at Kenyon Arena.
Amherst (9-11-4, 7-8-3 NESCAC)
Middlebury (7-10-7, 6-5-7 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Theo Hannah was the Purple & White's lone goal scorer of the matchup, notching a power play goal to bring Amherst within two at the 16:01 mark in the second period.
- Amherst went 1-for-2 on man-up opportunities, while Middlebury was unable to convert on its only power play of the game.
- Middlebury held a 27-22 advantage in shots on goal.
- Girard (3-7-0) made 24 saves, including 10 in the second stanza, in between the pipes for the Purple & White, while Liam Moorfield-Yee (2-4-5) registered 21 saves in goal for the Panthers.
- The Panthers earned a solid scoring chance at the 6:27 mark in the opening period as Evan Neugold beat a defender at the offensive blueline and sent a shot on net from point blank range, but Girard made an excellent save to thwart the opportunity.
- Zach Haggerty opened up the game's scoring, giving Middlebury a 1-0 lead with 4:32 to play in the first stanza. Perfectly executing a 2-on-1, Haggerty collected a pass from Max Greenwald in the slot and sent a one-timer into the netting.
- Middlebury would score twice in the opening five minutes of the second period, as Ronald Fishman and Jake Charles each notched a tally.
- Ronald Fishman made it a 2-0 contest 3:41 into the second period, sending a bad-angle shot from the right corner over the goal line.
- The Panthers would strike again one minute later as Jake Charles sent a wrist shot from the right face off dot over the shoulder of Girard.
- Up a skater, Hannah decreased Amherst's deficit to two with just over four minutes remaining, sending a wrist shot from inside the blueline through the legs of Moorfield-Yee.
- Neither team was able to score in the final period of action, with the Panthers holding a slight 9-7 edge in shots on net.
- Brendan Burke '16 led Amherst with four shots on goal, while Max Greenwald led the Panthers with four shots on target.
2016 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 27 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Williams – TBD
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Trinity – TBD
No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Bowdoin – TBD
No. 5 Middlebury at No. 4 Hamilton – TBD
Semifinals – Saturday, March 5 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1 p.m. | 4 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship – Sunday, March 6