January 11, 2010

The Middlebury College men's hockey team saw sophomore Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) score the game-winner on a rebound from just outside the crease, giving Middlebury a 3-1 win over Hamilton in NESCAC action in Kenyon Arena. Resor's fifth of the season came at 14:02 of the third, after junior Ken Suchoski's (Bear Creek Township, Pa.) backhander had been saved.

Hamilton took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with a power play goal. Sam Choate ripped a shot from the point that was saved by senior Max Kennedy (Cazenovia, N.Y.), as Chris Lorence was there to put home the rebound for his seventh of the season. The Panthers had a nice opportunity to tie the game at 15:30, but a give-and-go between senior John Sullivan (Delmar, N.Y.) and sophomore Martin Drolet (Lachine, Que.) ended in a save from Calvin Bartel.

Leading 1-0 after one, Hamilton had a chance to increase its lead 9:00 into the second period, but a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Tom Chiappetta was stopped by Kennedy. Middlebury netted the equalizer with 2:30 left in the period, when rookie Mathieu Dubuc (Blainville, Que.) scored his eighth of the season on the power play. Drolet won the face-off back to Dubuc, who quickly scored with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

Following Resor's game-winner, Drolet scored his eighth of the year on an empty net at the 19:42 mark. Kennedy ended the night with 22 saves between the pipes to earn the win, while Bartel made 23 stops for the Continentals.

Middlebury and Amherst settled in a 3-3 tie after 65 minutes of action at Kenyon Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (6-1-3, 3-0-3) extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2), while the Lord Jeffs boast a six-game (5-0-1) unbeaten streak of their own.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead 5:57 into the game as Mike Baran gained some room in the slot and quickly scored through the five-hole for a power play goal. Middlebury just missed tying the game minutes later, as a great feed from Drolet to Sullivan was stopped by Cole Anderson.

Middlebury took advantage of a brief five-on-three power play in the second period, as a shot from sophomore Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.Y.) was saved before Resor finished on the rebound. With the game tied at 1-1, three goals were scored over the next 53 seconds, leaving the Lord Jeffs with a 3-2 lead. Amherst regained the lead at 3:34 with a nice move by Matthew Rhone, scoring with a quick backhander. Middlebury tied the game 20 seconds later when senior Charlie Townsend (Pennington, N.J.) scored driving from the left wing with a shot to the short side. Eddie Effinger scored on a quick wrap-around through the five-hole at the 4:27 mark, giving Amherst a 3-2 advantage.

Trailing 3-2 early in the third period, Middlebury tied the game just 1:00 into the session. Suchoski won a face-off back to first-year player Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.), who quickly snapped a shot past Anderson to tie the game at 3-3. The goal was the first of his career for Pollock. Each team had some chances to take the lead in the remainder of the period, but neither did, forcing the game into overtime.

Middlebury held a slim 3-1 lead in shots through the extra session, with Jeremy Deutsch having the best chance to score for the Jeffs 3:10 in. Cutting to the goal, Deutsch carried the puck on the left wing before Kennedy cut off the angle and knocking the shot away. The Panthers ended the game with a 30-20 advantage in shots, as sophomore John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) (six saves) and Kennedy (11 saves) combined time for the Panthers. Anderson made 27 stops between the pipes for the Lord Jeffs.
. Men's hockey record: 6-1-3
. Up next: 1/15 @ Trinity, 1/16 @ Wesleyan