November 24, 2008

The Panther men's hockey team picked up a 4-3 win over Connecticut College in the season-opener for both teams. The Panthers trailed 2-1 before scoring three goals to take a 4-2 advantage, as they out shot the Camels 14-5 in the third period and 33-22 on the night.

Middlebury opened the scoring 9:05 into the first period as junior John Sullivan's (Delmar, N.Y.) shot found the back of the net off a defender's skate for a power play goal. The Camels tied the game just 1:24 later as Sean Driscoll won a face-off to Brett Moore, who quickly snapped a shot past Middlebury rookie netminder John Yanchek. (Hillsborough, N.J.) Connecticut College took a 2-1 lead into the intermission with a power play goal with just 16 seconds remaining. Trevor Bradley carried the puck around the back of the net and quickly found Ryan Riffe on the far post, who buried the shot.

The Panthers tied the game just 2:53 into the second period as Sullivan netted his second of the game, tipping in a shot by sophomore Michael Kretschmer (Indianapolis, Ind.) on the power play. Yanchek kept it a 2-2 game at the 6:00 mark with a great save on Brian Liamero during a five-on-three power play for the Camels.

Senior Mason Graddock (Stowe, Vt.) gave Middlebury its first lead of the night at 2:01 as he scored on the power play after several shots. The Panthers gained some breathing room with a five-on-three power play tally by senior Jamie McKenna (Lake Placid, N.Y.) with some nice passing from sophomore Chaz Svoboda (Verdun, Que.) and Kretschmer. Connecticut College cut the lead to one with a power play tally at 11:02 as Trevor Bradley found Riffe for his second goal of the game.

Yanchek ended the game with 19 saves in his collegiate debut, while Greg Parker made 28 saves for the Camels.

The Panther scored five first period goals on its way to a 9-0 win over Tufts in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury held a 47-18 shots advantage in the contest, as senior Doug Raeder (Needham, Mass.) made 18 saves in goal to earn the shutout.

Middlebury came out firing in the first period, scoring four unanswered goals with an 18-5 shots advantage. Rookie Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) opened the scoring with some great stick-work down the middle before finishing with a shot past Scott Barchard. Sophomore Bryan Curran (Wilmette, Ill.) made it a 2-0 game with a blast on a one-time feed from Graddock. Sophomore Ken Suchoski (Bear Creek Township, Pa.) finished off a flurry in front for a power play goal at 7:56, before Sullivan finished down low for a 4-0 lead at the 12:15 mark. First-year player Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) scored the final goal of the period with 1:32 remaining.

Drolet scored with a shot up high on the power play just 32 seconds into the second period, before junior Charlie Townsend (Pennington, N.J.) made it a 7-0 game. Sullivan netted his second of the contest later in the period, before McKenna scored the game's final goal on a power play 11:36 into the third.

Graddock ended the game with four assists, while Suchoski had three. Sullivan and Drolet each scored twice, while Curran and McKenna each had a goal and an assist.
. Men's hockey record: 2-0
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