Middlebury completed a convincing weekend sweep of Colby and Bowdoin as they defeated the Polar Bears today, 9-1. The top-ranked Panthers return to action next Friday at N.E.C. and Saturday at St. Anselm.
Middlebury wasted no time as they took a 1-0 lead just 32 seconds into the game on its first shot. Sam Driver made a quick pass to Jed McDonald on the doorstep, who quickly one-timed a shot past George Papachristopoulos. The Panthers made it a 2-0 game with a power play goal at the 3:25 mark. Tom Maldonado's shot from the right point was saves, leaving the rebound to John Sales who scored from the low slot. Middlebury's power play struck again at 14:14 as Evgeny Saidachev scored on a rebound from just outside the crease.
Bowdoin got on the board only 24 seconds into the second period as Bryan Ciborowski scored with a shot through the five-hole on a breakaway. The Panthers took a 4-1 lead at 17:29 as a long cross ice pass from Robert MacIntyre was converted by Justin McKenna on a one-timer.
The lead grew to 5-1 2:28 into the third as Driver had an open net after Papachristopoulos had made a save on Darwin Hunt. Mickey Gilchrist added a sixth goal as he gathered a loose puck and flipped it high into the net after a scramble at 14:08. John Sales, Brett Shirreffs and Tom Maldonado added third period goals.
Doug Raeder made 26 saves in goal for the win, while Papachristopoulos and Nick Smith combined to make 27 saves for Bowdoin.
Date: January 14, 2006 - 4:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Bowdoin (10-4) 0 1 0 - 1
Middlebury (13-0-1) 3 1 5 - 9
M-1st (:32) - Jed McDonald (Samuel Driver, Darwin Hunt)
M-1st (3:25) - PP: John Sales (Justin McKenna, Tom Maldonado)
M-1st (14:14) - PP: Evgeny Saidachev (Jack Kinder, Eric LaFreniere)
B-2nd (:24) - Bryan Ciborowski (Mike Westerman)
M-2nd (17:29) - McKenna (Robert MacIntyre, Sales)
M-3rd (2:28) - SH: Driver (Darwin Hunt)
M-3rd (14:08) - PP: Mickey Gilchrist (McKenna, Sales)
M-3rd (16:37) - 4on4: Sales (Saidachev, MacIntyre)
M-3rd (17:13) - 4on4: Brett Shirreffs (LaFreniere)
M-3rd (18:27) - Maldonado (Scott Bartlett, Gilchrist)
Doug Raeder-M (60 min., 26 saves, 1 GA)
George Papachristopoulos-B (42:28 min., 23 saves, 5 GA)
Nick Smith-B (17:32 min., 4 saves, 4 GA)