Mammoths Battle Middlebury to 2-2 Draw, Capture No. 3 Seed in the NESCAC

Mammoths Battle Middlebury to 2-2 Draw, Capture No. 3 Seed in the NESCAC

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Mammoths never trailed in the matchup and owned a 24-6 advantage in shots on target in the third period and overtime, however the visitors were unable to net the game-winner as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team and Middlebury battled to a 2-2 overtime draw Sunday afternoon at Kenyon Arena. 

With the tie, Amherst captures the third seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament and closes out the regular season with a 11-8-5 overall record and a 8-5-5 mark in league play, while Middlebury finishes its season owning a 4-17-3 overall ledger (2-13-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 24 when they host sixth-seeded Colby in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup at a time to be determined.

Thomas Lindstrom '18 gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Finding the back of the net following a dish from Noah Gilreath '20, Lindstrom slid a snap shot from the low slot five-hole.

The Panthers evened the contest at 1-1 with 3:24 remaining in the stanza after a Kamil Tkaczuk shot from the top of the circle led to a prolonged scrum in front of the goal. Battling for positioning, Eric Jeremiah got his stick on the puck and sent it over the goal line.

Retaking the lead at the 7:45 mark in the second period, Jack Fitzgerald '19 found nylon for the third time in as many games to put the Mammoths ahead, 2-1. Capitalizing on a 3-v-2 rush, Fitzgerald powered a wrister off the keepers' glove and into the top corner. 

Middlebury tallied what stood as the final goal of the contest with 23.2 seconds remaining before intermission to set the score at 2-2. Up a skater following an Amherst interference penalty, Owen Powers deflected Mitchell Allen's shot from the right point just inside the near post.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Connor Girard '18 (8-4-5) registered 24 stops in the draw for Amherst, while Stephen Klein (4-16-3) racked up 36 saves for the Panthers.
  • The Mammoths owned a 38-27 advantage in shot differential, including a 23-4 edge in the third period.
  • On the power play, Amherst finished 0-for-5, while Middlebury went 1-for-3 up a skater.