Men's Hockey Drops 4-3 Game To Conn.

January 27, 2012

Middlebury dropped a hard-fought 4-3 game to Connecticut College on Friday night in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (7-8-2, 6-5) have now dropped three straight games and four of their last five. The victory snaps a four-game winless streak for the Camels (5-10-2, 3-7-1). Both teams return to action on Saturday as Middlebury hosts Tufts while Connecticut College visits Williams.

Middlebury jumped on the board just 1:08 into the game when Tom Cantwell scored with a snapshot from the left wing over the shoulder of Marcus Calvanico (22 saves) for his first of the year. Connecticut College tied the game at the 5:51 mark when Keith Veronesi scored his team-leading eighth of the season, putting home a rebound after a wrap-around attempt from J.J. McGregor.

The Camels struck for a pair of goals in a 31 second span to take a 3-1 advantage. Julien Boutet fed Steven Victor at 15:50, with Victor scoring his first of the year on a breakaway. J.C. Cangelosi netted his second of the season at 16:21, scoring on his own rebound from the slot. Middlebury had a late power play and threatened, but ended the period with a 3-1 deficit.

Charles Nerbak made it a one-goal game 9:15 into the second period, scoring his team-leading eighth of the year with some nifty moves on a breakaway.

Nerbak struck for his second of the game and ninth of the season 4:50 into the third period with assists going to Charlie Strauss and Martin Drolet. The power play goal came just after a five-on-three expired, with Nerbak scoring with a blast from the point.

Connecticut College scored the eventual game-winner at 7:48, with a goal just as a power play had expired. Marc Roper didn’t get all of a shot from the right side, with Veronesi picking up the puck and scoring his second of the night (9th of the season) from the high slot.

Middlebury took a penalty with 1:53 remaining in the game, but still came on strong with pressure in the final few minutes. Their best chance to score came when Strauss fed Mike Longo in the slot with 1:20 left, with Calvanico making a big save. The Panthers pulled their netminder with 48 seconds left but could not net the equalizer.

Junior Eric Zagorski made his collegiate debut for the Panthers, making 13 saves on the night. Middlebury ended the night with a 25-17 shots advantage.