February 11, 2013

The Middlebury College men’s hockey team earned a split of a two-game set with Williams, topping the Ephs 3-1 in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (11-9-2, 10-4-2) have now won five of their last six games, returning to action next Friday at Hamilton.

Rookie Brendan McGovern (Centerport, N.Y.) had a good look early, but his shot hit the right post 3:10 into the contest. First-year player Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ont.) scored his ninth of the year for the Panthers at the 10:38 mark, crashing the net after senior Mathieu Castonguay’s (St. Edouard, Que.) shot had been saved by Sean Dougherty (22 saves).

The Panthers took a 2-0 advantage just 1:04 into the second period with the second of the year from first-year player Riley Dickey (Wolfville, N.S.). Junior Louis Belisle’s (Repentigny, Que.) shot on the left wing in transition was saved by Dougherty, before Dickey buried the rebound on the far side. McGovern was unlucky for the second time in the game 3:20 into the second period, hitting the pipe once again.

Williams got on the board midway through the second period at 9:30 with the fourth of the year from Cody Skinner. Nice passing between Mike Erickson and John Wickman set up the goal, with Skinner scoring from the high slot area.

The Panthers took a 3-1 lead 2:28 into the third period. McGovern made a pass from the left boards to junior Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) in the high slot, before Wiggins snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net for his fifth of the season.

The Ephs threatened 9:00 into the period with a pair of shots from Evan Dugdale, but sophomore Mike Peters (Highland, Md.) (26 saves) denied both to keep it a 3-1 game. Williams pulled Dougherty with 2:12 remaining following a Middlebury timeout, but could not cut into the lead.

Middlebury saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 6-2 loss at Williams on Saturday.

Trailing 1-0, Belisle put the Panthers on the board at the 6:15 mark of the second period. The goal was his team-leading 11th of the season. Williams countered with three goals in the final 6:44 of the period to take a 5-1 advantage into the third. The Ephs added a third period goal before junior Robbie Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) scored the game’s final goal for Middlebury at the 16:15 mark.

Williams held a slim 37-36 shots advantage, as Sean Dougherty made 34 saves in goal to earn the win. Sophomore Dan Fullam (Randolph, N.J.) (33 MP, 3GA, 16 saves) and junior Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) (27 MP, 3 GA, 15 saves) split time for the Panthers.

• Men’s hockey record: 11-9-2

• Up next: 2/15 @ Hamilton, 2/16 @ Amherst