January 9, 2012

After earning its first win against Middlebury in 35 tries a year ago, Wesleyan won its second straight game against the Panthers, topping them 5-4 in overtime in Kenyon Arena. James Albrecht scored the game-winner 3:38 into the extra session, breaking in all alone with a nice forehand-to-backhand move.

Middlebury opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the game when senior Michael Griffin (Hingham, Mass.) scored with a wrister to the top shelf from the top of the left circle. Wesleyan answered with a breakaway goal from Keith Buehler just 12 seconds later, his seventh of the year with a wrister low over the blocker of senior goalie John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) (24 saves). The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead on a tip in by John Guay at 14:41, before Nick Craven made it a 3-1 game with 2:10 left in the period.

Middlebury scored twice in a 51 second span midway through the second period to tie the game at three. Junior Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.) found senior Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) on the power play at 11:37, with a lengthy rush ending with a wrister into the back of the net from the left side. The second goal came when junior Chris Brown (Quincy, Mass.) tied the game on a rebound at 12:28.

The Panthers took their first lead of the game just 44 seconds into the third period, with senior Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) tipping in a shot from junior Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.). Wesleyan tied the game with just 3:23 remaining when Buehler netted his second of the night and eighth of the season with a top shelf wrist shot from the slot. The late goal forced the game into overtime where Albrecht struck at the 3:38 mark.

Middlebury held a 36-29 shots advantage in the game, with Glenn Stowell making 32 to saves to earn the win.

Middlebury broke open a 1-1 game with three third period goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Trinity in Kenyon Arena on Saturday.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 15:05 mark of the first period. Senior Martin Drolet (Montreal, Que.) made a great pass to Griffin in the slot, with his shot being saved by Benjamin Coulthard. Steele jumped on the rebound and finished with his second of the season to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

         Trinity tied the game with the only goal of the second period at the 12:56 mark. Mike DeMayo netted his sixth of the season with a one-timer from the point, converting a feed from Chris Menard.

         Middlebury took a 2-1 lead 2:55 into the third period when Griffin spun off the boards and quickly scored his fourth of the year. The goal found the back of the net with a nice screen by Drolet on Coulthard.

            The lead grew to 3-1 at the 12:11 mark when rookie George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.) scored his third as his shot deflected into the net from the left face-off dot. Just 1:14 later, Drolet potted his fourth on a rebound after Griffin’s initial shot on the power play had been saved.

         Yanchek finished the game with 18 saves to earn the win, while Coulthard made 27 stops for Trinity.
• Men’s Hockey record: 6-4-2
• Up next: 1/13 vs. Plattsburgh – 7:00