February 4, 2013

The Middlebury College men’s hockey team has now won four straight games and has moved into a second-place tie in the NESCAC standings. The Panthers wore camouflage jerseys during the two home games as a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors. For more information or to buy a jersey, click here.

Middlebury broke open a 3-3 game with three unanswered goals in the third period on its way to a 6-3 win over Wesleyan on Friday night in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers outshot Wesleyan 36-17 in the game.

Wesleyan had a great chance early, but Donald Kleckner was denied on a breakaway by Panther sophomore Dan Fullam (Randolph, N.J.) (14 saves). The Cardinals broke onto the scoreboard at the 11:28 mark, when Terence Durkin scored his first of the season, redirecting a feed from Connor Ryan.

Middlebury responded just 30 seconds later, eventually scoring the game’s next three goals in a 4:03 span for a 3-1 lead. Rookie Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ont.) tallied the initial goal on the power play, scoring from the high slot with a shot off Wesleyan goaltender Glen Stowell (30 saves) for his eighth of the year.

Sophomore Derek Pimentel (Laval, Que.) netted his ninth of the season at 13:07, blasting home a shot from the left side after a feed from junior John Barr (Ridgefield, Conn.). Barr earned his first of the season at 16:01, breaking in on the right side and scoring with a wrister to the far post.

The Cardinals came within one 13:06 into the second period, with the second of the year from Ryan White. After skating behind the net, White threw the puck towards the goal where it deflected off Fullam and into the net.

Wesleyan tied the game at the 6:13 mark of the third, with Ryan netting his second of the year after a flurry in the crease area.

First-year player Terrance Goguen (Weston, Mass.) earned the first of the three third period goals, finding the back of the net from the left point through traffic for his fourth of the year. Junior Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) scored on the power play just 1:43 later from the right point. Pimental won the face-off back to sophomore George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.), who found Wiggins for the tally. The game’s final goal came from junior Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Que.), as he redirected a pass from behind the net by rookie Brendan McGovern (Centerport, N.Y.) for his team-leading 10th of the year.

Middlebury won its fourth straight game as the Panthers picked up a 3-2 win over Trinity in Kenyon Arena.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 6:41 into the first period with a power play goal. Pimental intercepted a pass and quickly found Wiggins for an open look resulting in his fourth of the season. Trinity answered at 11:10, when Zachary Lombardi found Larry Bero in transition for his second of the year. The Panthers regained the lead with 2:28 left in the period, when senior Mathieu Castonguay (St. Edouard, Que.) scored his first of the season from the left side past a screened Benjamin Coulthard (35 saves).

The Panthers had a great chance to extend their lead 8:40 into the second period while shorthanded. Junior Michael Longo (Morristown, N.J.) picked up the puck and skated in alone after a Trinity defender had fallen down. After a nice move to the backhand, Longo was denied by a great pad save from Coulthard.

Neither team scored in the second period, with Middlebury holding a dominating 13-1 shots advantage. The Bantams had two power plays in the period, with their first shot coming at the 14:35 mark.

Trinity tied the game with a shorthanded goal 12:48 into the third period. Charlie Mullan fed Tim Shea, as the lefty scored with a far side shot from the right wing for his second of the year. Middlebury answered with the game-winner just 1:21 later as rookie Evan Neugold’s (Goshen, Conn.) shot from the goal line area deflected past Coulthard for the 3-2 lead.

Trinity pulled Coulthard with 1:00 to go and went on the power play with 20 seconds left, but took a penalty five seconds later to end the extra-man opportunity. Coulthard returned to the net for the final 15 seconds as Middlebury hung on for the win.

The Panthers held a 38-14 shots advantage in the game, getting a dozen saves from Fullam to earn the win. The win avenges a 2-1 loss for the Panthers on January 5th at Trinity, a game in which they outshot their opponent, 54-22.

• Men’s hockey record: 10-8-2

• Up next: 2/8 vs. Williams – 7:00, 2/9 @ Williams