January 28, 2013

Juniors Robbie Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) and Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Que.) each earned a goal and an assist to lead visiting Middlebury to a 4-1 NESCAC victory against Connecticut College at Dayton Arena on Friday night. Rookie Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ont.) and junior Michael Longo (Morristown, N.J.) chipped in with goals for the visitors, while sophomore Dan Fullam (Randolph, N.J.) stopped 28 of 29 shots between the pipes for the winning side.

Connecticut College’s JC Cangelosi scored his third goal of the season in the setback. Tom Conlin made 36 saves in the loss for the hosts.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead with 57.1 seconds remaining in the opening period with a backhander from Silcoff on the power play.

The visitors extended their lead 5:28 into middle period. Belisle delivered the puck from the point to sophomore Derek Pimentel (Laval, Que.), who dished it off to Longo for a goal in the slot area.

Midway through the second period on their penalty kill, Belisle supplied a shorthanded marker with a wrist shot to put the visitors in complete control with 9:36 remaining. Senior Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.) and sophomore George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.) assisted on the shorty. With 2:54 left in the second, Fullam thwarted the Camels with a save from point blank range on Tim DiPretoro and the Panthers carried their 3-0 advantage into the second intermission.

In the third period, Donahoe tacked on another Panther goal when he broke free in the slot area and beat Conlin to the near post with his third goal of the season with 4:40 remaining in regulation.

The Camels were able to break up the shutout with 1:19 remaining. Roper hit the cross bar with a shot from the right point and Cangelosi was able to put back the rebound.

Visiting Middlebury earned a sweep of its NESCAC weekend by hanging on for a 5-4 victory at Tufts in conference men’s hockey action at Valley Forum II on Saturday afternoon. Belisle and rookie Brendan McGovern (Centerport, N.Y.) each scored a goal and an assist for the Panthers. Middlebury moves up to fourth place with the win and is now 8-8-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the league.

Trailing 4-1 and 5-2 in the third period, the Jumbos scored three power-play goals in the final stanza to pull within 5-4. Dylan Plimmer and Stewart Bell both finished with two goals and an assist for the Jumbos, who are now 5-10-2 and 1-9-2 NESCAC.

Tufts struck first when Bell scored from the left face-off circle on a soft shot that slipped past screened Fullam at 10:34. Middlebury evened it at 1-1 on the game’s best goal as McGovern drove into the zone down the right side and cut towards the net to score short-handed with just 18 seconds left in the period.

Junior Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) was in the right spot to convert a rebound off an original save by Jumbo goalie Brian Phillips 2:59 into the second period for a 2-1 Middlebury margin. The Panthers would extend the advantage to 3-1 on a power-play strike by first-year player Terrance Goguen (Weston, Mass.) at 16:07 of the second.

Middlebury looked to be pulling away at 4-1 after Longo was on the doorstep to score at 4:24 of the third. However, Bell netted his second of the game and eighth of the season on a power-play after intercepting a pass in the Middlebury zone and scoring on an off-balanced shot at 7:49. The Panthers would regain the three-goal margin though on Belisle’s ninth of the year at 12:26.

Near the five-minute mark late in the third, a pair of Middlebury penalties which included a five-minute major would prove to be costly. Plimmer scored on a two-man advantage making it 5-3 with 3:47 remaining in regulation. Forty-nine seconds later, he scored again and it was a 5-4 game with 2:58 on the clock.

Middlebury played the remainder of the period short-handed, including down two men after Phillips was pulled with a minute remaining. The Panthers were able to stymie the Jumbos and record the win.

Four Panthers players scored multiple points, including three assists from Donahoe. Fullam earned his second win with 27 saves.

Sophomore Andrew White added three assists to the Tufts attack. Phillips finished with 34 saves, including 14 in the second period. Middlebury had a 39-31 advantage in shots for the game.

• Men’s hockey record: 8-8-2

• Up next: 2/1 vs. Wesleyan – 7:00, 2/2 vs. Trinity – 4:00