DiMare '14 leads men's ice hockey past Middlebury
Hamilton College's Mike DiMare '14 posted one goal and two assists, and the Continentals edged the Middlebury College Panthers 4-3 in NESCAC action at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.
The Continentals (3-3-1, 2-3-1 NESCAC) scored three third-period goals and stretched their unbeaten streak to three games. Hamilton also snapped a three-game losing streak to Middlebury. The Panthers (3-3-2, 3-2-1), who were among others receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com national poll, are winless in their last four games.
DiMare's line contributed Hamilton's first three goals. After the Panthers opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Cameron Romoff '17 midway through the opening period, Robbie Murden '17 tied the score with 4:00 left in the first. Murden took a pass from DiMare and sent a shot from the right faceoff circle past Middlebury's Liam Moorfield-Yee '16 for his sixth goal of the season. Tyler Lovejoy '16 was also credited with an assist.
Kenny Matheson '16 put the Continentals ahead to stay with the first of five goals in the third period. Matheson scored his second of the year 4:17 into the period with DiMare and Murden assisting on the play.
The teams traded goals 11 seconds apart midway through the third. Hamilton returned to full strength after it successfully killed a 5-minute major and DiMare, who is fifth in the nation with 14 points, collected his sixth goal off an assist by Matheson with 7:14 left. The Panthers answered 11 seconds after winning the ensuing faceoff with John Barr '14 and George Ordway '15 assisting on Derek Pimentel's fifth goal.
A goal by Seamus O'Neill '17 -- the first of his career -- with 4:44 remaining put the Continentals back up by two before Robbie Donahoe '14 pulled the Panthers back to within a goal on an unassisted tally with 3:09 to go. Middlebury had two more shots on goal late in the period but both were saved by Joe Quattrocchi '14.
Quattrocchi made 25 saves, including 11 in the first period. Middlebury outshot the Continentals 10-1 during the first 15 minutes, but were outshot 21-18 the rest of the way. Moorfield-Yee made 18 saves in his first start this season.
Both teams are idle until Friday, Jan. 3. The Continentals play at SUNY Plattsburgh's Buck Supply Winter Classic against the host Cardinals (the nation's top-ranked team). Middlebury's next game is against visiting Saint Michael's.