Late Goal Lifts Men's Hockey Over Castleton
January 11, 2008
Middlebury took its first and only lead of the game on a Tom Maldonado goal with 40 seconds left, as the Panthers earned a 4-3 road win at in-state foe Castleton.
Both teams got a number of opportunities in an evenly played first period. The Spartans had two 2-on-1 chances that were turned away by Panther goalie Ross Cherry. The Spartans kept attacking and got on the board first, taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Travis Martell netted his second goal of the season with a wrist shot to take the 1-0 lead. Middlebury evened the game thanks to Chaz Svoboda picking up a loose puck in the Spartan defensive end, who scored his third goal of the season.
Stuart Stefan made the score 2-1 in favor of the Spartans with a breakaway power play goal less than five minutes into the second period. Middlebury came right back as Michael Kretschmer flipped the puck up and over Swanson's right shoulder on a breakaway thanks to a Casey Ftorek assist to tie the game at two. Kirk Buldoc scored the second 5-on-3 power play goal for the Spartans to give Castelton a 3-2 advantage. The Panthers found the net on a 5-on-3 power play of their own with Ftorek knocking home the puck that was lying on the crease to end the second tied at three.
The Panthers failed on a five minute major power play prior to Maldonado's game-winner.
Swanson stopped 25 shots for the Spartans, while Cherry made 15 saves for Middlebury in the win.