January 24, 2011

         The Panther men’s hockey team completed a weekend sweep of NESCAC/ECAC play, as the Panthers picked up a 6-4 win over St. Anselm (6-6-1, 4-6-1) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (6-5-3, 4-4-2) have lost just once in their last nine outings, as they return to play at Colby and Bowdoin next weekend.

         Middlebury scored the only goal of the first period when junior Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) scored at the 10:30 mark after a nice feed from junior Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.).

         A wild second period saw five goals scored and Middlebury emerge with a 4-2 lead. Rookie Darric White (Fairfield, Conn.) scored the first of his career for the Panthers at 10:36, scoring from down low on the left side. First-year player John Barr (Ridgefield, Conn.) made it a 3-0 game less than a minute later with a wrister from the right point.

         St. Anselm got on the board with a goal from Bryan Luther from the left wing at 16:11. Rookie J.D. Vermette (Boucherville, Que.) scored in transition for the Panthers at 17:14, stopping quickly and finding the back of the net from the right face-off circle. The Hawks answered just over a minute later with a power play goal as Timothy King found Coleman Noonan from behind the net.

         The teams exchanged goals in the first 4:16 of the third period, as King netted his second to make it a 4-3 game, before junior Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) answered for the Panthers. St. Anselm cut the lead to one at 7:22 when Paul Snell redirected a pass from Nick Wheeler. The Hawks had a chance to tie the game midway through the period, but Noonan’s shot hit the pipe.

         First-year player Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Que.) gave the Panthers some breathing room with 5:36 remaining, winning a race to the puck and scoring from the right wing with a quick wrister.

         Junior John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) made 19 saves between the pipes to earn the win for Middlebury, while Robert Kang made 26 stops for St. Anselm.

         Middlebury scored four unanswered goals in the third period on its way to a 4-0 victory over N.E.C. on Friday night. The game was scoreless after two periods, with Middlebury holding a 28-8 shots advantage in the period, leading by a 47-16 margin in the game.

         The Panthers scored the first goal of the game at the 9:18 mark, when junior Martin Drolet (Montreal, Quebec) found Donahoe on the left wing for a quick snap shot. Just 19 seconds later, Strauss skated through the zone and scored his third of the year on the power play.

         Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at the 11:24 mark with a five-on-three power play goal. Nerbak’s shot from the left wing was saved, before Vermette potted his third of the year on the rebound. The Panthers struck for another five-on-three goal at 12:58, with senior Ken Suchoski (Bear Creek Township, Pa.) skating through the slot and scoring with a high wrister.

         The third period was riddled with 14 penalties and several power play opportunities, most of them for the Panthers.

         Yanchek made 16 saves in goal to earn his first shutout of the season for the Panthers. Aaron Harvey made 43 saves for the Pilgrims.
• Men’s hockey record: 6-5-3
• Up next: 1/28 @ Colby, 1/29 @ Bowdoin