January 7, 2013

The Middlebury College men’s hockey team came back from the break to host the 20th annual Holiday Classic Tournament at Kenyon Arena. The Panthers then hit the road the following weekend with a pair of NESCAC road games in Connecticut.

Babson held off a late charge by Middlebury to pick up a 2-1 win over the Panthers in Kenyon Arena at the Holiday Classic.

Babson took a 1-0 lead 14:39 into the first period with a five-on-three power play goal. Matt Furey made a pass from the right side to Ben Kravitz at the top of the left circle. Kravitz quickly one-timed a shot into the back of the net for his second of the year to put his team up 1-0. The period ended with the shots tied at 9-9.

The Beavers extended their lead 5:05 into the second period, when Phil Saviuk scored the first of his career from the left point with a shot past a screened rookie Liam Moorfield-Yee (Toronto, Ont.). Middlebury got on the board at the 14:22 mark with a power play goal. Senior Mathieu Castonguay’s (St. Edouard, Que.) shot from the left point on the power play was saved, with sophomore George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.) finishing down low for his third of the season.

Babson’s best chance to score in the third period came at 11:38 when Connor Berto hit the crossbar with an open net. The Panthers pulled Moorfield-Yee following a timeout at the 18:21 mark, looking to tie the game. Their best chance came late on a flurry, but a shot from junior Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) was saved by Jamie Murray to preserve the win.

Moorfield-Yee made 24 saves in his collegiate debut, while Murray made 31 stops for Babson. Middlebury held a 33-26 shots advantage in the game.

Middlebury outshot Wentworth 17-6 in the third period but could not earn the equalizer as the Panthers fell 3-2 to the Leopards in the third place game. Middlebury finished the contest with a 33-19 shots advantage.

Wentworth threatened early, with Moorfield-Yee coming up big on Mike Domsodi four minutes in. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead at the 11:26 mark when first-year player Max Greenwald (Potomac, Md.) poked home a loose puck for the first of his career. The Leopards tied the game just 1:03 later when Kevin Crowe made a pass from behind the net to Andrew Yarber for a quick redirect. The goal was the second of the year for Yarber.

The second period featured few shots through the first 15 minutes, with a five-minute flurry to end the session. Wentworth regained its lead at the 16:45 mark when Adam Frank scored his second of the year on a rebound after a shot from the left point by Lawton McCracken had been saved.

The lead grew to 3-1 9:28 into the third period when a nice feed from Fred Gervasi was redirected in front by Joel Vastl. Middlebury answered a few minutes later when junior Robbie Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) skated in on the left side and scored on the power play with a quick wrister from the dot. The tally was the second of the season for Donahoe.

Middlebury continued to turn up the pressure in the third period, with sophomore Robbie Dobrowski (Shelburne, Vt.) nearly tying the game with 1:54 left as a loose puck sat just off the goal line. The Panthers pulled their netminder with less than a minute remaining, but were unable to tie the game.

Moorfield-Yee made 16 saves in 51:13 of action for Middlebury with three goals allowed, while sophomore Mike Peters (Highland, Md.) played 8:17 of scoreless hockey. Joel Miller made 17 saves between the pipes to earn the win for Wentworth.

Rookie Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ont.) scored two third period goals 2:02 apart to lift Middlebury to a 4-3 win at Wesleyan.

Silcoff gave Middlebury the lead for good at 6:23 of the third period. Putting home a one-timer off a give and go with rookie Evan Neugold (Goshen, Conn.), who had spotted Middlebury a 1-0 lead just 1:10 into the first period with his third goal of the campaign, Silcoff then added what proved to be the game-winner at 8:25 with a wrist shot from the left side while Middlebury was on the power play. It was the only power-play goal of the night as the Panthers were 1-6 with the advantage while Wesleyan was 0-2. Neugold ended the game with three points as he also assisted on the final goal by Silcoff.

Silcoff's goals overshadowed an outstanding individual effort by Wesleyan's Keith Buehler, who came through with a hat trick while extending his point-scoring streak to each of the Cardinals' 11 games this season. Buehler twice tied the game, once at 9:27 of the first period and again at 13:05 of the second. His second goal countered the tally by Dobrowski with 2:11 left in the first period. Buehler's goal with 5:52 remaining cut the margin to one goal and finished off his hat trick.  Nick Craven had a pair of assists for the Cardinals to push his streak of scoring at least one point to eight games. Wesleyan pulled its keeper Nolan Daley (33 saves) for the final minute but could not get the equalizer.  Junior Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) minded the Panther net and posted 28 stops.

Trinity’s Ben Coulthard made a career-high 53 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Middlebury in NESCAC hockey at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center on Saturday.

Trinity’s Jeff Menard scored the game’s first goal from the point during the first power play of the contest 13:12 into the opening period. With just four seconds remaining before the first break, Middlebury sophomore Derek Pimentel (Laval, Que.) returned the favor with a power-play tally from Donahoe and junior Thomas Freyre (New Canaan, Conn.). The Panthers held a 17-9 edge on shots after 20 minutes, and continued to apply pressure in the second period with a 16-7 shooting edge but Trinity’s John Hawkrigg tipped in the clinching shot off a wrister from the point by Mike Flynn at the 12:40 mark of the second.  Zach Lombardi also assisted on the game-winner.

The scoreless third period was action-packed, as Moorfield-Yee came up with impressive stops on shots by Bantams Sam Kane and Charlie Mullan shortly after the second intermission. Both teams had goals negated midway through the third due to offsides calls, and each team hit iron from close with three-minutes plus remaining in the game.  The Panthers finished with a 54-22 shooting advantage and Moorfield-Yee notched 20 saves. The squads combined to kill off 11-13 power play.

• Men’s hockey record: 5-5-2

• Up next: 1/8 vs. Norwich – 7:00, 1/11 @ Plattsburgh – 7:00