AMHERST — Second-seeded host Amherst ousted the No. 7 Middlebury College men’s hockey team from the NESCAC playoffs of Saturday, 3-0, in a quarterfinal. Amherst improved to 19-4-2 for the season and will host No. 8 Tufts, which knocked off top-seeded Trinity, in this weekend’s final four. The Panthers concluded their season at 10-12-3.
In the opening period, Middlebury applied early pressure, and Amherst goalie Danny Vitale made three early saves on Evan Neugold. The Panthers outshot the Jeffs, 11-2, in the scoreless period.