MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Mammoths had their 10-game unbeaten streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion Friday evening at Kenyon Arena, as Middlebury College found the back of the net with 22.5 seconds remaining in overtime to down the Amherst College men's ice hockey team, 3-2.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 9-10-4 on the winter and to 7-7-3 in league play, while Middlebury improves to 9-11-3 overall (7-7-3 NESCAC).
First on the board, the Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:03 into the battle as Paddy Mangan ripped a wrist shot from the right point through traffic and into the low, nearside corner.
Responding midway through the second period, Greg McGunigle '23 potted his first collegiate goal to deadlock the sides at one all. Gathering the puck at the left point, McGunigle powered a laser into the top left corner with assists from Sean Wrenn '22 and P.J. Conlon '20.
Retaking the lead with 8:25 remaining in regulation, Mitchell Allen made the most of a 2-v-1 rush as he slid a backhander from the low slot through the legs of the Amherst netminder.
Undeterred with time winding down, Wrenn drew the sides back into a standoff with 3:10 on the clock behind his fourth goal of the winter. One-timing a dish out of the right corner from Joey Lupo '20, Wrenn hit nylon just inside the far left post to force overtime.
Sealing the win in dramatic fashion, Owen Powers played hero for the Panthers with 22.5 seconds remaining in OT as he sent Antoine Belisle's rebound over the goal line to clinch the Middlebury victory.
Giancarlo Ventre '20 (6-8-2) took the loss for Amherst, making 35 saves, while Jake Horoho (2-5-1) registered 25 stops in the winning effort for the Panthers.
Middlebury owned a 38-27 edge in shots on frame and went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Mammoths finished 0-for-2 up a skater.
Amherst returns to the ice for their regular season finale tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22 when they travel to archrival Williams College for a 3:00PM conference matchup.