Men’s hockey edged twice at home tourney

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team dropped a pair of games on home ice this past weekend during the annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout.
The 1-3-2 Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend when they host Amherst on Friday at 7 p.m. and Hamilton on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Concordia (Minn.) (5-3-2) defeated Norwich (7-0-1) in a shootout on Saturday evening to take home the Shootout trophy after the teams skated to a 2-2 tie in the final.
Also on Saturday, Plattsburgh defeated Middlebury in the consolation game, 4-2.
In the consolation game, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead 10:34 into the game when Kevin Emmerling sent a puck in front that deflected in off a defender.
Plattsburgh went up 2-0 in the second when Dillan Fox took advantage of a failed poke check and found the back of the net at 12:51. Exactly three minutes later, Mark Constantine found Connor Green on a power play to make it 3-0.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the third as Anthony Calabrese intercepted and set up Michael Cassidy for a one-touch finish.
The Panthers got on the board less than a minute later when Jake Charles tipped in a blast from Max Greenwald on a power play. Middlebury struck again with another power-play goal less than two minutes later, this time with Vincent Gisonti netting a rebound.
Plattsburgh held a 39-26 shots advantage as Cardinal goalie Spencer Finney made 24 saves. Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein stopped 35 shots.
On Friday, Concordia defeated Middlebury, 4-3, after scoring two goals in the first period and another 53 seconds into the second session.  
Middlebury answered by scoring three goals in 8:01 of the second period, including two in a 55-second span. Derek Pimentel got things going with a slapper from the top of the right circle on a power play at 2:10.
At 9:16, Brendan McGovern won a race to the puck and scored with a wrister to the top right corner from the right side to make it 3-2.
Just 55 seconds later, Ronald Fishman found Mark McLellan from behind the net for a one-timer to knot the game.
But Concordia caught a break and took a 4-3 lead just 1:27 later. Tucker Coborn broke in with some space. He tried to slide a blind pass to a teammate, and the puck bounced in off a Panther defender.
In the third period, Middlebury pulled goaltender Liam Moorfield-Yee (25 saves) with 1:06 remaining and had a few looks, but could not equalize. Middlebury had a 39-29 edge in shots, and Concordia goalie Alex Reichie made 36 saves. 
Also on Friday, Norwich defeated Plattsburgh, 5-1.

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