Men’s hockey drops two of three at home

MIDDLEBURY — The Panther men’s hockey team split a pair of home NESCAC games this past weekend before falling to non-league rival Norwich on Tuesday. 
The Panthers (7-8-1, 4-5-1 NESCAC) will play league road games at Connecticut and Tufts this weekend. 
In Middlebury this past Friday visiting Colby (6-7-3, 3-6-2) netted the game’s final two tallies to defeat the Panthers, 4-3.  
Colby’s Kienan Scott scored on a 5-on-3 power play to give the Mules the early lead.   
Three goals in 1:04 early in the second period left the game tied. Colby’s Spencer Hewson made it 2-0, but Panther Jimmy scored from the right circle just 16 seconds later, and Alex Heinritz popped in his own rebound to tie the score.
Middlebury took a 3-2 lead on a Kamil Tkaczuk power-play goal at 14:32. Tkaczuk redirected home a McKee pass. The Mules tied the game two minutes later on Thomas Stahlhuth’s shorthanded strike.
Colby goalie Andrew Tucci (32 saves) stopped a Mitchell Allen breakaway in the third period before Scott cashed in on a breakaway with 11:45 to go after a stealing the puck. Panther goalie Brian Ketchabaw made 28 saves as Colby avenged an earlier 4-1 loss to Middlebury. 
On Saturday the host Panthers picked up a 6-3 win over Bowdoin (5-9-2, 3-7-1 NESCAC). The Panthers took a 2-1 first-period lead on goals by Tyler Capello and Zach Shapiro, with Christian Capello scoring for the Polar Bears. The teams traded goals in the second period, with McKee making it 3-1 before Cam Berube answered for Bowdoin. 
In the final period Panther Charlie Parsons chipped in a centering pass from Cole Joslin to make it 4-2, but Bowdoin’s Thomas Dunleavy converted a penalty shot to make it a one-goal game. Middlebury got a goal from Mitchell Allen set up by Owen Powers before Allen iced the win with an empty-netter. 
Panther goalie Adam Wisco and Bowdoin’s Alex Zafonte each made 21 saves. The Panthers killed seven Bowdoin power plays. 
On Tuesday visiting Norwich rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Panthers, getting the game-winner in the final minute from Jordan Hall. The Cadets improved to 11-4-3 with their second victory of the winter over Middlebury.
The Panthers scored both of their goals in the first five minutes of the second period. Sixteen second in Zach Shapiro made it 1-0. Shapiro intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, skated into the Cadet zone and found the upper corner from the top of the right circle. Emack Bentley made it 2-0 just over four minutes later by poking in a Tkaczuk pass at the left post.
The Cadets’ Felix Brassard cut the deficit in half at 12:35, when he cut to the net from the left side and redirected a pass from Colby Downs on a power play. 
In the final period, Maxime Borduas knocked in a rebound to tie the game at 3:46 on another power play. Hall later netted the winning goal by picking up the puck and slipping it home after the Panthers blocked a Jack Griffin shot.
Ketchabaw stopped 33 shots he faced, while Cadet goalie Tom Aubrun made 20 saves.  

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