February 2, 2009

The Panther men's hockey team outshot Wesleyan 48-11 as the Panthers scored three second periods goal en route to a 5-2 win over the Cardinals in Kenyon Arena.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 2:23 mark as sophomore Chaz Svoboda (Verdun, Que.) made a quick pass behind the Wesleyan goaltender to an open sophomore Ken Suchoski (Bear Creek Township, Pa.) on the far post. The lead doubled at 10:36 as junior Charlie Townsend (Pennington, N.J.) took a feed from sophomore Bryan Curran (Wilmette, Ill.) before breaking in and scoring with a backhander. Wesleyan earned its first shot on goal at the 11:10 mark, and then broke through at 15:06 with a power play shot from the point by Henry Coxe. The Panthers ended the period with a 17-3 shots advantage.

Senior Jamie McKenna (Lake Placid, N.Y.) made it a 3-1 contest at 11:05 of the second as he snapped a shot to the top right corner of the net after a pass from rookie Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.). Just 2:57 later, Drolet tipped in a shot from first-year player Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) to make it a 4-1 contest. Suchoski scored his second of the game and the third for the Panthers in a 4:14 span to give them a 5-1 lead after two.

Wesleyan's David Layne scored the game's final goal at 13:26 of the third to make it a 5-2 final.

Rookie John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) made nine stops to earn the win for Middlebury. Tim Archiblad (40 minutes) made 30 saves in goal for Wesleyan, while Ryan Moses (20 minutes) made 13 stops.

Trinity scored three third period goals to break-up a scoreless tie on its way to a 3-1 road win over Middlebury on Saturday.

The game was scoreless through two periods, with both teams having some solid opportunities to score. Trinity's Wesley Vesprini and Middlebury senior Doug Raeder (Needham, Mass.) kept it a scoreless game as the Panthers held a 24-12 shots advantage through two periods of play. Vesprini made a big glove save on junior John Sullivan (Delmar, N.Y.) late in the second on a Middlebury power play, while robbing first-year player Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) with a glove save midway through the second period.

Trinity broke through 3:35 into the third period with a breakaway goal. Mike DeMayo fed a pass up to Ryan Masucci, who broke in all along and scored with a shot off the glove hand of Raeder. Middlebury answered just 1:49 later as Drolet scored from the doorstep on a rebound after a shot from the top of the zone from senior Ian Drummond (Del Mar, Calif.) was saved. Only 1:39 later, Trinity regained the lead as Masucci made a pass from behind the net to Egor Petrov, who rifled a blast to the top right corner of the net.

The Bantams made it a 3-1 game when Sean McCarthy found Richard Hollstein on the doorstep, as he quickly stuffed a shot home for a 3-1 lead at the 11:20 mark. Middlebury had a power play at 16:37 and pulled Raeder late, but were unable to cut into the lead. Trinity held a 16-11 shots advantage in the third period, as Vesprini made 34 saves in goal to earn the win. Raeder ended the night with 25 stops for the Panthers.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury saw its six game (5-0-1) unbeaten streak come to an end as they suffered a 4-1 loss at top-ranked Plattsburgh.

Middlebury led 1-0 after one on the 11th goal of the season for Drolet, with a helper from Curran.

Plattsburgh answered with a big second period, scoring three times, including a power play tally. Phil Farrow tied the game at 10:58, Joey Wilson gave the Cards the lead at 12:56, before scoring again with 1:49 left it in the period to make it a 3-1 game.

The Panthers pulled their netminder late in the game, as Riley Hill added an empty-netter for the 4-1 win. Bryan Hince made 22 saves in goal for the Cardinals, while Yanchek made 26 stops for the Panthers.
. Men's hockey record: 13-4-1
. Up next: 2/6 @ St. Michael's, 2/7 @ Norwich