November 19, 2012

The Panther men’s hockey team scored two power play goals and added an empty-netter on its way to a 5-2 road win at Colby in the season-opener for both teams.

First-year player Riley Dickie (Wolfville, N.S.) scored the game-winning goal just 1:16 into the third period from sophomore George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.). The Panthers added an insurance goal at 9:19 when junior Mike Longo (Morristown, N.J.) had his shot go off a Colby skate for a 4-2 lead. Juniors John Barr (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) had assists on the play.

The Panthers closed out the scoring on a goal from rookie Terrance Goguen (Weston, Mass.) on a shot from behind center ice into an empty net.

The Mules had two leads in the opening two periods, including a 1-0 lead when Nick Lanza pounded home a shot off an assist from Ray Zeek at 9:49 of the first period.

After Colby took a goalie interference penalty, Middlebury scored its first power play goal at 17:58 of the opening period when rookie Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ont.) scored with just 14 seconds left on the man advantage with a pass from Dickie.

The Panthers took a tripping penalty just 51 seconds in the second period and the Mules went up 2-1 at 1:44. Lanza scored again with assists going to Tommy Kader and Zeek.

Less than three minutes later at 4:37, Middlebury tied the game at 2-2 when junior Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Que.) tallied from first-year player Connor Frick (Webster Groves, Mo.) and Silcoff.

Middlebury junior Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) stopped 23 shots, while Colby's Matt Delaney made 29 saves.

The Bowdoin and Middlebury men's ice hockey teams played to a 4-4 tie in a battle of nationally-ranked squads on Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena. Ollie Koo finished with two goals for Bowdoin while four different players recorded goals for the Panthers.

Bowdoin got on the board first as a shot from the point deflected off a Panther in front. Koo collected the rebound between the circles and wristed it into the top corner just 1:47 into the game. Middlebury gained a power play six minutes into the frame, but it was the Polar Bears who cashed in as Danny Palumbo forced a turnover on the forecheck and fed Connor Quinn in front for a shorthanded score at 6:27. The Panthers got one back with 3:30 left in the stanza as junior Robbie Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated in on Fenkell, slipping a shot past the Polar Bear netminder to close the gap to 2-1 after one period of play.

After going scoreless on its first five power plays of the game, Middlebury was able to even the score with the extra man at 3:42 of the second period when rookie Evan Neugold (Goshen, Conn.) redirected a shot inside the right post to bring the Panthers even. Bowdoin regained the lead on the power play just minutes later as a failed Panther clear came to Gabriel Renaud at the blue line. Renaud fired a laser from above the right circle to give the Polar Bears a 3-2 edge at 7:55. Bowdoin then took advantage of a 5x3 power play late in the frame as John McGinnis found Koo wide open on the back post to make it 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Middlebury drew within a goal on the power play at 4:11 of the third, when Frick slipped a low shot from between the circles to make it 4-3. After a sustained Bowdoin possession resulted in no goal, a Panther push down ice tied the game. Senior Chris Brown (Needham, Mass.) centered the puck into the crease, where senior Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.) crashed the net and poked the puck through the pads of Fenkell with 10:19 remaining. The teams traded good opportunities for the remainder of regulation, with the best chance for either team coming with under two minutes remaining when Neugold rifled a shot from between the circles that slipped through traffic and behind Fenkell, but was cleared off the line by Bowdoin's Nick Wetzel to force overtime.

The teams traded good chances in the extra session, with the Panthers holding a 6-3 edge in shots, but neither team could find the game-winner as the squads finished in a deadlock. Fenkell finished with 43 saves for Bowdoin while BonDurant made 34 stops for Middlebury. The Panthers held a 47-38 edge in shots for the contest and went 2-7 on the power play. Bowdoin finished 2-6 with the extra attacker.

• Men’s hockey record: 1-0-1

• Up next: 11/23-24 @ PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout (Norwich) – 4:00/7:00