Men's Hockey Tops Plattsburgh, 5-1

November 26, 2004

11/26/04 - Middlebury scored three second period goals on its way to a 5-1 win over <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Plattsburgh in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. The Panthers will take on Norwich, a 4-3 overtime winner over Potsdam, in the title game tomorrow night at 7:00. Plattsburgh and Potsdam will collide in the consolation game at 4:00.

Middlebury opened the scoring just 2:59 into the game as Evgeny Saidachev found Eric LaFreniere in a two-on-one break as LaFreniere scored with a quick deflection from the left side. Plattsburgh tied the game just 16 seconds into a power play as Bryan Wilson made a quick crossing pass to Ryan Busby who hit the open net from the left side at 14:47.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead just 1:08 into the second period with a power play goal. John Sales gathered a puck after a shot from Tom Maldonado and snapped home a shot from the left face-off circle. The Panthers struck again at 8:10 as Mickey Gilchrist took a drop pass from James Guay in transition before beating Tony Seariac with a pair of nifty moves. The Middlebury defense then came up big, stopping 4:09 worth of Plattsburgh power play opportunities, including 1:52 of a two-man advantage. Middlebury took a 4-1 lead at 15:36 as Guay found Sales in the high slot before he snapped one to the top right corner of the net.

Sales earned his hat trick at 10:47 of the third period as he won a face-off from the right circle before snapping a shot to the top left corner from his knees.

Yen-I Chen ended the game with 12 saves for Middlebury, while Tony Seariac made 24 stops for Plattsburgh.

Date: November 26, 2004 - 7:00 p.m

Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

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TEAM  1  2  3  OT  F

Plattsburgh (4-3)  1  0  0  -  1

Middlebury (3-0)  1  3  1  -  5


M-1st (2:59) - Eric LaFreniere (Evgeny Saidachev)

P-1st (14:47) - PP: Ryan Busby (Bryant Wilson, Paul Kelly)

M-2nd (1:08) - PP: John Sales (Tom Maldonado)

M-2nd (8:10) - Mickey Gilchrist (James Guay, Brett Shirreffs)

M-2nd (15:36) - Sales (Guay, Patrick Nugent)

M-3rd (10:47) - Sales


Yen-I Chen-M (60 min., 12 saves, 1 GA)

Tony Seariac-P (60 min., 24 saves, 5 GA)