Big Third Period Lifts Men's Hockey Past Trinity
January 7, 2012
Middlebury broke open a 1-1 game with three third period goals on its way to a 4-1 win over Trinity in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers improve to 6-4-2 overall and 5-3 in NESCAC play, as they return to action on Friday night when they host Plattsburgh. The Bantams (4-7, 1-5) return to the ice when they host Bowdoin and Colby next weekend.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 15:05 mark of the first period. Martin Drolet made a great pass to Michael Griffin in the slot, with his shot being saved by Benjamin Coulthard. Chris Steele jumped on the rebound and finished with his second of the season to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Trinity tied the game with the only goal of the second period at the 12:56 mark. Mike DeMayo netted his sixth of the season with a one-timer from the point, converting a feed from Chris Menard.
Middlebury took a 2-1 lead 2:55 into the third period when Michael Griffin spun off the boards and quickly scored his fourth of the year. The goal found the back of the net with a nice screen by Drolet on Coulthard.
The lead grew to 3-1 at the 12:11 mark when George Ordway scored his third as his shot deflected into the net from the left face-off dot. Just 1:14 later, Drolet potted his fourth on a rebound after Griffin’s initial shot on the power play had been saved.
John Yanchek finished the game with 18 saves to earn the win, while Coulthard made 27 stops for Trinity.