Middlebury earned a pair of key NESCAC points with a 6-2 win over second place Colby. The Panthers scored three third period goals to seal the win, in front of a home crowd of 2,250 at the Kenyon Arena.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 8:31 mark as Mickey Gilchrist skated in from the left boards before scoring in front with a backhander. Colby answered with just 31 seconds left in the period as Joel Covelli scored falling to his knees with a wrister to the top right corner.
The Panthers regained the lead 5:06 into the second period as Jeff Smith scored with a rocket from the left point. Colby came back once again as Greg Osborne scored on a one-timer with a great feed from Arthur Fritch for the five-on-three power play goal. The Panthers gained a little breathing room with 28 seconds to go in the period when Samuel Driver's centering pass went in off a defender's stick.
The lead grew to 4-2 6:13 into the third period as Mickey Gilchrist scored a power play goal, flipping a shot into the top of net after a rebound. Eric LaFreniere made it a 5-2 game at 10:59 as he put in his own rebound, while Evgeny Saidachev added a power play goal at 15:07.
Ross Cherry made 13 saves in goal to earn the win, while Ben Grandjean suffered the loss, making 25 saves on the night.
Date: January 13, 2006 - 7:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Colby (10-3) 1 1 0 - 2
Middlebury (12-0-1) 1 2 3 - 6
M-1st (8:31) - Mickey Gilchrist (Jamie McKenna, Samuel Driver)
C-1st (19:29) - Joel Covelli (Josh Reber, Greg Osborne)
M-2nd (5:06) - Jeff Smith (Richie Fuld)
C-2nd (15:16) - 5on3 - Osborne (Arthur Fritch, Reber)
M-2nd (19:32) - Driver (Smith)
M-3rd (6:13) - PP: Mickey Gilchrist (McKenna, Driver)
M-3rd (10:59) - Eric LaFreniere (Evgeny Saidachev)
M-3rd (15:07) - PP: Saidachev (Kyle Koziara, LaFreniere)
Ross Cherry-M (60 min., 13 saves, 2 GA)
Ben Grandjean-C (60 min., 25 saves, 6 GA)