Panther men’s hockey earns win, tie
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team won one NESCAC game and tied another this past weekend to move over .500 overall and in league play. The 7-6-3 Panthers (4-3-3 NESCAC) have gone 4-0-1 in their past five games. They play at Tufts on Friday and at Connecticut College on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Panthers defeated Colby, 4-3, in overtime. Jake Charles scored the game-winner 59 seconds into overtime on a rebound of a Brendan McGovern. Colby dropped to 5-10-2, 2-8-2 NESCAC.
Evan Neugold put the Panthers on the board at 17:27 of the first by roofing a feed from Charles. Colby’s E.J Rauseo tied the game nearing the midway point of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play.
At 14:46, Cameron Romoff gave Middlebury the lead on the power play with a high shot from the left side, with assists from Mike Najjar and Zach Weier.
Middlebury held a 35-22 advantage in shots. Panther goalie Stephen Klein made 19 saves, while Colby’s Sam Parker was credited with 31 stops.
On Friday, visiting Bowdoin (9-5-3, 4-4-3) scored with an extra attacker with 1:22 remaining to earn a 2-2 tie vs. the Panthers.
Bowdoin scored just 15 seconds into the contest, when Ryan Collier snapped home a loose puck. Neugold answered at 2:21 after taking a pass from Terrance Goguen.
Middlebury took a 2-1 lead 1:46 into the third period when Najjar scored on a Romoff rebound. Middlebury later in the period had a great chance to gain breathing room on a five-minute power play, but the Panthers could not find the net, at one point having a shot trickle along the goal line.
After killing the major, Bowdoin netted the equalizer with 1:22 remaining, when Jason Nawrocki netted his first career goal. Middlebury had a power play in overtime, but could not convert.
Klein made 17 saves for Middlebury, while Max Fenkell finished with 32 stops for the Polar Bears.
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