March 1, 2010

         The Middlebury College men's hockey team advanced to the NESCAC semifinals after a 6-2 win over Tufts in a quarterfinal match-up in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (17-4-4) will take part in the championship weekend on March 6th & 7th at Bowdoin, where they will take on Trinity at 4:00 p.m. The Jumbos end their season with a 12-10-3 record. Rookie Mathieu Dubuc (Blainville, Que.) notched a hat-trick in the game, bringing his season total to 13 on the season. Middlebury outshot Tufts 56-14 in the game, as Scott Barchard made 50 saves for the Jumbos.

         Tufts took a 1-0 lead just 3:39 into the game, as Tom Derosa finished off a scramble just outside the Middlebury crease for his 15th of the year. Middlebury tied the game at 12:32, when Dubuc netted his 11th of the season. The rookie took a great feed from senior A.J. Meyer (Westfield, N.J.) and snapped a shot to the top right corner on a breakaway. The Panthers took their first lead of the game at the 14:46 mark, when sophomore Jak Knelman (Edina, Minn.) netted his third of the year, finishing a quick feed from Dubuc.

            Middlebury had a pair of nice chances early in the second, but Barchard stood his ground. He robbed Dubuc with a glove save at 2:22, while stopping Middlebury rookie Tom Clayton (New Canaan, Conn.) with a nice pad save on the power play at the 4:00 mark. Middlebury was finally able to break through on the power play at 4:22, as first-year player Mathieu Castonguay's (St. Edouard, Que.) shot from the left point found its way past Barchard for his first career goal. Middlebury sophomore netminder John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) kept it a 3-1 game with a pair of nice saves on Cory Korchin late in the second period.

         Middlebury opened up the game in the third, taking a 5-1 lead with two goals in 42 seconds. Clayton fed Dubuc for his second of the game at 5:59, snapping a quick shot into the top corner for a power play goal. Castonguay netted his second of the afternoon at 6:41, as his shot from the left point deflected in off a defender's stick.

         Conor Pieri netted his second of the year for Tufts at 10:38, converting a pass from behind the net from Evan Story. Dubuc ending the scoring for the Panthers, notching the hat-trick with a quick shot through the five-hole, skating through the slot.

         Yanchek (60 min., 2 GA, 12 saves) picked up the win in goal for the Panthers, while Barchard (60 min., 6 GA, 50 saves) took the loss.

• Men's hockey record: 17-4-4

• Up next: 3/5 vs. Trinity @ Bowdoin - 4:00, 3/6 - NESCAC Champ. - 2:00