Men’s Hockey: Late Goal Earns Panthers a Point at Hamilton

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

CLINTON, NY. — Middlebury’s Jimmy McKee scored with 56 seconds left with an extra attacker, as the Panthers (8-11-4, 5-8-4) earned a 3-3 road tie at Hamilton (11-9-3, 9-5-3) on Friday night. The Panthers wrap up their regular season on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Amherst.

Middlebury went up 1-0 just 3:49 into the game. Emack Bentley one-timed a backhanded centering pass from Mitchell Allen in front.

Hamilton tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at the 10:47 mark. Sterling Bray worked a give-and go with Joey Moore, deflecting the puck into the back of the net.

The Continentals cashed in on another power play 1:55 into the second period when Josh Labonte put in a rebound.

The Panthers knotted the game with 1:19 left in the second period with a tally from Cole Joslin. Alex Heinritz’s shot from the point was saved before Joslin cashed in on the rebound.

The hosts went back on top 3-2 with 3:25 remaining in the contest. Cameron Radziwon scored on a rebound after a shot from Rory Gagnon had been denied.

McKee’s equalizer came after he took a feed from Kamil Tkaczuk and saw his first attempt saved. His second shot found the back of the net, forcing the game into overtime.

Neither team scored in overtime, with Middlebury owning a 6-0 shots advantage in the extra session. The Panther held a 35-32 overall edge in the game.

Brian Ketchabaw made 29 saves between the pipes for the Panthers, while Anthony Tirabassi denied 32 shots for the Continentals.