Men's Hockey Settles For Tie With Plattsburgh
November 26, 2011
Middlebury and Plattsburgh battled to a scoreless tie in the consolation game of the 14th Annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout hosted by Middlebury College. Sixth-ranked Plattsburgh moves to 5-2-1 on the season, while 11th-ranked Middlebury goes to 2-1-1. The game was the first scoreless tie played in Kenyon Arena since a 0-0 game with Bowdoin on February 7, 2008.
The first period ended with few shots, but several of them high quality chances for Middlebury. Martin Drolet hit the pipe with a backhander on the power play at the 5:00 mark, before Panther netminder Nick BonDurant stopped Mark Constantine breaking in on a Cardinal power play 2:30 later.
Charlie Strauss had a quality shot stopped by a glove save from Josh Leis later in the period. The Panthers hit another pipe at the 11:40 mark, with Louis Belisle finding iron after a nice feed from Trevor Pollock.
Neither team had any great chances to score in the second period, with the Panthers holding a 16-9 advantage in shots after 40 minutes.
Plattsburgh went on the power play at the 13:29 mark of the third, mustering a couple shots on goal. The Cardinals best chance of the period came as time was winding down, as Vick Schlueter broke in all alone and was stopped by BonDurant.
In overtime, a Drolet blast hit the helmet of Leis at the 2:57 mark, before BonDurant made a big stop on Nick Jensen with 41 seconds remaining. Drolet had another chance with time winding down, but Leis made the glove save.
BonDurant finished the game with 19 saves to earn his first career shutout, while Leis made 26 stops for the Cardinals.
Charlie Strauss was named to the all-tournament team for the Panthers.