November 29, 2010

The Middlebury College men’s hockey team dropped to 0-3 on the season as they fell 3-0 to top-ranked Norwich at the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout hosted by Plattsburgh. Middlebury struggled with special teams, going 0-10 on the power play in the game.

Norwich took a 1-0 lead 8:51 into the first period on a goal from Travis Janke. The lead doubled 7:27 into the second, when Shane Gorman found the back of the net. The Panthers pulled junior John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) late, as Scott Schroeder scored a short-handed empty-net goal to seal the win for the Cadets.

            Norwich outshot Middlebury 33-27 in the game, as Yanchek finished with 30 saves.

            Middlebury picked up its first win of the season as the Panthers (1-3) earned a 2-1 road win over St. John’s (2-8) in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout consolation game at Plattsburgh.

            Middlebury nearly doubled its opponent’s shot output, holding a 41-22 advantage on the night. First-year player J.D. Vermette (Boucherville, Que.) scored the first of his career 8:57 into the game, with sophomore Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.) earning an assist.

            The Panthers held a 1-0 lead through the second period and into the third, but the Johnnies tied the game on a goal from Mike Wallgren on the power play at 10:44.

            Middlebury kept coming, netting the game-winner with just 2:30 remaining, as junior Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) found the back of the net with an assist going to sophomore Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.).

         First-year player Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) earned his first career win with 21 saves between the pipes, while Adam Andersson made 39 stops for the Johnnies.

         Following the tournament, junior Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.), was named to the all-tournament team.
• Men’s hockey record: 1-3
• Up next: 12/3 @ S. Maine, 12/4 @ U.N.E.