March 28, 2009

Middlebury Men Slow Down Colby

from press releases

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -   Middlebury went on a six goal run, breaking open a 7-7 game against Colby for a 15-10 NESCAC victory on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. The Panthers took the lead four times in the first half, only to see the Mules fight back to tie the contest each time. The 11th ranked Panthers improve to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference, while the Mules even their conference record at 2-2 and fall to 5-3 overall.

Middlebury earned two one-goal leads in the first quarter that were erased by Colby's Whit McCarthy each time, including the 2-2 equalizer with 2:42 left. Matt Ferrer scored the next two goals for the Panthers, both in the final minute of the first, for a 4-2 advantage.

Ten goals were scored in the second quarter as Mule defenseman James Brady got the first one in transition less than 20 seconds into the stanza, while teammate Patrick Briody tied the game at four apiece on a physical move to the crease at the 13:30 mark. Middlebury went on a 3-1 spurt, taking a 7-5 lead with 5:53 left. Tim Cahill highlighted the burst, collecting a needle-threading pass from Mike Stone, capping the run. Colby answered one more time, as McCarthy scored his 24th goal of the season with 3:53 left, as Briody netted his second goal, tying the game with 2:46 remaining.

The Panthers started their 6-0 run late in the second, scoring a pair of goals including  a transition tally by David Hild off a great feed from Matt Virtue.  Stone ended the ten goal second quarter, ripping a shot from 12 yards out that got past Colby goaltender Alex Farmer for a 9-7 lead at the break.

In the third, Tom Petty racked up the next two goals of the run to start the quarter before Skyler Hopkins and Ferrer ended the run with solo tallies for a 13-7 lead with 7:21 left. Colby answered with a three-goal outburst, highlighted by a pair from Caddy Brooks, cutting the Middlebury advantage to 13-10 at the 11:03 mark in the fourth quarter. Middlebury added a pair of insurance goals, as Petty netted his third of the game with 6:49 left on a man-up score, while Hopkins tacked on his game-high fourth goal with 5:45 left in the game.

Hopkins scored a game-high four goals, as Stone, Petty, and Ferrer each collected hat tricks for Middlebury. McCarthy led Colby with three goals and chipped in an assist, while Brooks scored two and assisted on a third. Pete Britt earned the win in net for the Panthers, stopping 12 shots, while Farmer takes the loss, stopping a dozen shots over 58:31 of play. Tom Gianakos relieved Farmer during the final 1:29, but did not see any shots on goal.

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