Men's Hockey Tops Colby, Will Play For NESCAC Title

Patrick Nugent had a goal and an assist and first-year goaltender Ross Cherry saved 29 out of 30 shots to lead Middlebury to a 4-1 win over Colby in a game hosted by Trinity, played at the Kingswood-Oxford Rink. The Panthers advanced to the NESCAC Championship game to face Bowdoin.

After a scoreless first period with just 14 shots taken by both teams, the Panthers took control with two goals in the second period.  Mickey Gilchrist  wristed a shot from the center over the glove shoulder of Colby goaltender Chris Ries 4:46 into the second frame. Classmate Jocko DeCarolis shot the puck into the lower left corner of the net from almost the same spot at 16:40 of the second period to make it a 2-0 game. Colby finally put one past Cherry 5:58 into the third frame when Joe Rothwell blasted in a slapshot on a power play.  Middlebury answered quickly, as Nugent needed only 23 seconds to score from Evgeny Saidachev and push the Panther lead back up to two goals.  Middlebury added another goal with 3:20 left on the clock to put the game away.  Ries finished with 22 stops for Colby, while Cherry made 17 of his 29 saves in the third period.  Colby was 1-for-9 on the power play and Middlebury failed to convert on all five of its power play opportunities.