January 23, 2012

Senior goalie John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) earned his 40th career victory with 19 saves as Middlebury fought back from an early 1-0 deficit on the way to a 3-1 win over Colby in NESCAC play Friday night at Alfond Rink.

The Mules jumped out quickly when Mike Doherty scored his seventh goal of the season at 2:46 from Dan Nelson.

Middlebury senior Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass) tied the game 1-1 at 13:15 on the power play for the Panthers, scoring a goal in his first game of the season.

Middlebury went ahead for good on another power play goal at 17:54 with senior Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) scoring on assists from rookie George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.) and junior Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.). Resor closed out the scoring at 2:04 of the third period for the Panthers.

Bowdoin beat Middlebury for the first time since 2007 in a 5-0 blanking of the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.  The surging Polar Bears improve to 10-4-2 (8-2-2 NESCAC) and are 5-0-1 in their last six games and 7-0-1 in their last eight NESCAC contests. The Panthers fall to 7-6-2, 6-4-0 in NESCAC play.

First-year John McGinnis scored twice for Bowdoin while Steve Messina made 21 saves between the pipes. Rookie Dan Fullam (Randolph, N.J.) stopped 27 shots for the Panthers in the loss.

Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board as Erik Olson's shot from the point went under the outstretched glove of Fullam at 2:08. Bowdoin doubled its lead shortly before intermission when Harry Matheson's ninth goal of the season came on the power play with 1:08 left in the frame.

McGinnis' first goal of the night came 4:42 into the second stanza after a nice centering feed from Ryan Carney. Connor Quinn scored the fourth goal of the afternoon on a breakaway at 14:01, knocking home a rebound after Fullam's initial save. McGinnis gathered a Middlebury turnover and quickly snapped a shot past Fullam at 4:36 of the third period to round out the scoring.

Bowdoin held a 32-21 edge in shots and went 1-5 on the power play. Middlebury went scoreless in five chances with the extra man. The victory snaps a six-game losing streak by Bowdoin to Middlebury dating back to January of 2007 and including a pair of NESCAC title game losses.
• Men’s Hockey record: 7-6-2
• Up next: 1/24 @ Norwich, 1/27 vs. Conn. – 7:00, 1/28 vs. Tufts – 4:00