Middlebury (11-2-1) extended its winning streak to eight games as the Panthers picked up a 4-1 win over Colby in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury outshot the Mules 35-19 on the night, taking over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC with a 7-1-1 mark in league play. Colby moves to 7-6 overall, 6-3 in the league.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead midway into the first period with some nice passing on a transition goal. Jamie McKenna carried the puck through the zone and dropped a pass to Tom Maldonado on the left wing, who snapped a shot into the back of the net. Colby tied the game later in the period on the power play as Josh Reber found T.J. Kelley, who scored from the left side. The Panthers ended the period with an 11-4 shots advantage.
The Panthers took a 2-1 lead just 1:59 into the second period, as Bryan Curran scored on a rebound after a shot from Jack Kinder was saved. Middlebury increased the lead to 3-1 at 11:40 as Maldonado sent a puck toward the goal that was finished by Charlie Townsend. Middlebury goaltender Doug Raeder kept it a 3-1 game with one minute left in the period with a pair of nice saves on Reber and Billy Crinnion.
Middlebury opened up some breathing room with 6:01 remaining as Mickey Gilchrist finished a shot after saves were made on McKenna and Maldonado by Cody McKinney.
Raeder ended the day with 18 saves to earn the win, while McKinney made 31 stops for Colby.
Date: January 19, 2008 - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Colby (7-6) 1 0 0 - 1
Middlebury (11-2-1) 1 2 1 - 4
M-1st (10:28) - Tom Maldonado (Jamie McKenna, Mickey Gilchrist)
C-1st (18:37) - PP: T.J. Kelley (Josh Reber, Joe Rothwell)
M-2nd (1:59) - Bryan Curran (Jack Kinder)
M-2nd (11:40) - Charlie Townsend (Maldonado)
M-3rd (13:59) - Gilchrist (McKenna, Maldonado)
Cody McKinney-C (60 min., 31 saves, 4 GA)
Doug Raeder-M (60 min., 18 saves, 1 GA)