Men's Hockey Thumps UMass.-Boston

Middlebury scored a season-high eight goals as the Panthers picked up an 8-0 shutout win over UMass.-Boston in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers out shot the Beacons 51-14 on the night, out scoring their opponents 5-0 in the second period.

Middlebury struck early as Eric LaFreniere scored from his knees in the slot after a nice feed from Evgeny Saidachev. Casey Ftorek scored the first of his two goals 3:27 into the second period. Middlebury then scored three goals in a 5:22 span to take a 5-0 lead. Sam Driver tallied the first, followed by goals from Scott Bartlett and Brett Shirreffs during the run. Ftorek scored his second of the period with just 56 seconds remaining.

John Sales and Mickey Gilchrist scored third period goals to make it an 8-0 final. Shirreffs, Ftorek, Gilchrist and Tom Maldonado each had two assists on the night.

Ross Cherry made 14 saves between the pipes to earn the shutout, while Ryan Donovan and Chris Testa combined to make 43 stops for the Beacons.

Date: February 9 2007 - 7:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
UMass.-Boston (4-17-1) 0 0 0 - 0
Middlebury (12-7-2) 1 5 2 - 8

M-1st (1:15) - Eric LaFreniere (Evgeny Saidachev, John Sullivan)
M-2nd (3:27) - Casey Ftorek (Brett Shirreffs)
M-2nd (10:16) - Sam Driver (Ftorek, Tom Maldonado)
M-2nd (13:32) - Scott Bartlett (Ftorek)
M-2nd (15:38) - Shirreffs (Mickey Gilchrist, Ian Drummond)
M-2nd (19:04) - Ftorek (John Sales)
M-3rd (1:06) - PP: Sales (Gilchrist, Maldonado)
M-3rd (18:55) - Gilchrist (Shirreffs, Bartlett)

Ross Cherry-M (60 min, 14 saves, 0 GA)
Ryan Donovan-B (35:38 min., 22 saves, 5 GA)
Chris Testa-B (24:22 min, 21 saves, 3 GA)