The Middlebury men's hockey team suffered a 4-1 loss on Saturday night at NESCAC leader Williams (13-6-3, 10-3-3) in Lansing Chapman Rink. The Panthers (3-17-2, 3-13-0) return to action next Friday with another road contest, this one taking place at Hamilton.
Williams held a 2-0 lead early after goals from Alex Hagerty and Frankie Mork just 1:17 apart. Hagerty scored the first on a feed from Marcus Mollica in a two-on-one, while Mork split the defense at the 5:48 mark. The Ephs scored twice in 1:03 later in the period for the 4-0 advantage. David Italiano scored on the power play with a shot from the right post. Mollica made it a 4-0 contest when he wristed a shot past Stephen Klein from the slot after a feed from C.J. Shugart. Middlebury had its best chance at the 16:36 mark when Mitchell Allen gained some space, but Michael Pinios made a pad save to keep the Panthers off the board.
Williams kept coming in the second period, but Panther goaltender Brian Ketchabaw, who came in with 5:14 remaining in the first period, stood strong. He was forced to make three saves early in the period on an Eph power play. He later came up big on another power-play opportunity and finished the period with 15 saves on 15 shots.
Middlebury got on the board 2:10 into the third period with the fifth of the year from Greg Conrad. Brendan Dawson carried the puck from the left point down into the lower part of the circle, before his shot was denied by Pinios. Conrad was there to pounce on the rebound, making it a 4-1 game.
Ketchabaw finished the game with 28 saves in 45:14 of action, allowing no goals. Pinios made 14 saves to pick up the win for the Ephs.