Middlebury

Men's Hockey Tops Skidmore

January 1, 2005

1/1/05 - Middlebury opened 2005 with a 3-1 win over Skidmore in the Middlebury College Holiday Classic. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when the host the U.S.A. Under-18 Team at 4:00 p.m.

Middlebury opened the scoring at 8:27 as Brian Phinney shot the puck down the ice for a Middlebury change. The puck caught Skidmore goaltender Mike Mansfield off-guard, as it went into the net off his pads from the opposite face-off circle 150 feet away. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead at 8:11 of the second period with a power play goal. Patrick Nugent earned the goal as he put in a rebound after a shot from just inside the zone from Jeff Smith. Phinney netted his second of the game at 12:04 as his power play goal found the five-hole of Mansfield. Skidmore got on the board at 13:36 of the third period as Morgan Nelson scored on a rebound after a save from the outside on Nate Smith.

Middlebury junior Mark Spadaccini made 15 saves in his collegiate debut, while Mike Mansfield made 28 stops for Skidmore.

Date: January 1, 2005 - 7:00 p.m

Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM  1  2  3  OT  F

Skidmore (1-8)  0  0  1  -  1

Middlebury (7-0-1)  1  2  0  -  3

SCORING

M-1st (8:27) - Brian Phinney

M-2nd (8:11) - PP: Patrick Nugent (Jeff Smith, John Sales)

M-2nd (12:04) - PP: Phinney (Tom Maldonado)

S-3rd (13:36) - Morgan Nelson (Nate Smith, Scott Schaub)

GOALTENDING (saves)

Mark Spadaccini-M (60 min., 15 saves, 1 GA)

Mike Mansfield-S (60 min., 28 saves, 3 GA)