Middlebury moved to 5-0 on the season as the top-ranked Panthers defeated Southern Maine 3-1 in the team's home-opener in the Kenyon Arena. Middlebury returns to action when they host Salem State at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 2:46 into the game as Robert McIntyre slid a pass ahead to Jamie McKenna in transition. The rookie drove hard to the goal and found the back of the net before colliding with the goaltender. The lead grew to 2-0 at 5:54 as McKenna made a quick feed from behind the net to an open Evgeny Saidachev in the slot, who buried the shot.
Neither team would score in the second period, with the best chances to score coming at the 11-minute mark. Richie Fuld of Middlebury was stopped by David Beckles on a breakaway, before Doug Raeder answered on the other end with a pair of nice saves.
Southern Maine got on the board early in the third with a power play goal at the 1:46 mark. Following a shot from Dan Marshall, Charis Sparkes jumped on the rebound and snapped a shot home from the slot. The Panthers answered just 1:42 later as McKenna carried the puck down the right side made a quick crossing pass to Mason Graddock who had an open net.
Raeder ended the game with 18 saves to earn the win, while Beckles made 21 stops for the Huskies.