December 3, 2012

Junior Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Que.) tied the school’s modern day record for goals (4) and points (6) in a game as 11th-ranked Middlebury (3-1-2, 2-0-2) earned a 9-2 win over Tufts (3-3-1, 1-2-1). The last Panther to score four in a game was Matt Snyder in November of ‘01, while the last six-point effort came from David Bracken in February of ’00.

Middlebury got on the board first with a goal on the power play at the 9:44 mark of the first period. Belisle scored on a wrister from the left wing in transition, converting a pass from rookie Connor Frick (Webster Groves, Mo.). Belisle struck again for his third of the year at 13:17, scoring on a backhander with an assist from rookie Brendan McGovern (Centerport, N.Y.) after a turnover. The lead grew to 3-0 with 1:23 remaining when junior Robbie Donahoe (Canton, Mass.)  made a quick cross-crease feed to junior Mike Longo (Morristown, N.J.) for his third of the year. The period ended with the Panthers holding a 14-3 shots advantage.

Senior Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.) scored his first of the season 4:41 into the second period, tipping in a shot from the right point by first-year player Terrance Goguen (Weston, Mass.). Sophomore Robbie Dobrowski (Shelburne, Vt.) scored the first of his career at 10:32, converting a quick feed down low from Belisle. Belisle earned his hat-trick at 12:50 on an end-to-end rush, while tying the record just 1:04 later with a shot from the right point.

Tufts got on the board late in the period with a power play goal. Dylan Plimmer won the face-off to Kyle Gallegos, who scored his team-leading sixth of the season.

The Jumbos scored another power play goal 5:10 into the third period with a shot from the right point by Jared Barker. The goal was his third of the year, cutting the margin to 7-2.

Belisle nearly netted his fifth of the game at the 14:10 mark, but his wrister hit the crossbar. Dobrowski netted his second of the game at 15:26, while senior Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.) scored on the power play with 44 seconds remaining to round out the scoring.

Junior netminder Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) (40 min., 11 saves, 1 GA) and  sophomore Mike Peters (Highland, Md.) (20 min., 7 saves, 1 GA) combined for the win for Middlebury, while Derek Metcalfe (20 min, 11 saves, 3 GA), Brian Phillips (13:54 min., 5 saves 4 GA) and Greg Jenkins (26:06 min., 15 saves, 2 GA) each saw action for Tufts.

Connecticut College scored with 1:35 left to earn a 3-3 tie with Middlebury in the home-opener for the Panthers on Friday.

Middlebury came out flying with three scoring chances in the game’s first seven minutes. Junior Thomas Freyre (New Canaan, Conn.) was denied early by a glove save from Mike Petchonka (28 saves), before sophomore Derek Pimentel (Laval, Que.) hit the pipe after a feed from Pollock at the 7:32 mark. Sophomore George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.) nearly scored on a rebound a minute later after the initial attempt by Steele was turned away by Petchonka.

Despite the early pressure, it was Connecticut College that got on the board first at the 10:06 mark of the first period. After a turnover JC Cangelosi fed Tim DiPretoro for his first career goal as he cut across the crease. The period ended with the shots tied at six apiece.

The Camels took a 2-0 lead 3:37 into the second period when Dawson Luke scored on a rebound after a shot from JR LaPoint had been saved. The Panthers later tied the game with a pair of power play goals. Goguen scored the first goal with an assist from Belisle on a shot from the point at 12:05. Freyre tied the game at 15:10 with a nice wrister from the left wing. The Panthers threatened late in the period with several shots on the power play, but ended the second period in a 2-2 tie with a 17-11 overall shots advantage.

Middlebury put good pressure on with a power play at the 7:42 mark, but was unable to take the lead. The Panthers took their first lead of the game 12:28 into the period on their third power play goal of the game. Pollock made a quick pass from behind the net to Freyre, who netted his second of the game for a 3-2 lead. Middlebury had another chance on the power play just over a minute later, but could not capitalize.

The Camels game-tying goal came when Congelosi found Dawson Luke at the top of the left circle. His wrister went towards BonDurant (11 saves) and trickled over the line off his pads.

Middlebury put a pair of shots on goal in overtime, but the game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Panthers ended the game with a 31-14 shots advantage, going 3-6 on the power play.

• Men’s hockey record: 3-1-2

• Up next: 12/7 vs. Hamilton – 7:00, 12/8 vs. Amherst – 4:00