Men's Hockey Heads To Colby For NESCAC Championship Weekend- Watch Live!
March 4, 2008
The Middlebury College men's hockey team will make its ninth consecutive trip in the NESCAC semifinals as they travel to Colby this weekend. The Panthers will take on Amherst at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, while the host school meets Trinity at 1:00 p.m. The winners meet for the NESCAC Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Middlebury box office during normal business hours Tuesday afternoon through Friday at 3:00 p.m. and are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for students.
Middlebury started the season off well, sporting a 13-2-1 record with an 11-game unbeaten streak through January. The Panthers then stumbled and went 1-4-1 over a six-game stretch, before ending the regular season with a pair of wins. Middlebury had little trouble last weekend as they cruised to a 6-0 win over Williams in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match-up. The Panthers are now 20-1 overall in NESCAC Tournament play.
The Middlebury offense ranks second in the NESCAC this season with 3.68 goals/game, while the defense is tied for second with .248 goals allowed/contest. The power play is third in the league at .220, while the penalty kill has struggled, ranked ninth at .773.
Senior Tom Maldonado (9-18-27) leads the team in scoring this season, including four power play and three game-winning goals. Senior Mickey Gilchrist (10-13-23) leads the team with five power play and four game-winners, while junior Jamie McKenna (7-14-21) is third on the team in scoring. Rookie Chaz Svoboda (6-13-19) and senior Scott Bartlett (7-10-17) round out the leading scorers. Ross Cherry is 10-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA and .885 SV% in goal, while Doug Raeder is 7-3 with a 2.80 GAA and .872 SV%.
Saturday, March 1st - Quarterfinals
#1 Colby 4, #8 Wesleyan 1
#2 Middlebury 6, #7 Williams 0
#6 Trinity 5, #3 Bowdoin 2
#4 Amherst 3, #5 Conn. College 2 (OT)
Semifinals - Saturday, March 8th - Colby
Colby (15-8-1) vs. Trinity (13-10-2) - 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury (17-6-2) vs. Amherst (14-8-3) - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9th
NESCAC Championship - 1:00