Middlebury scored five straight goals in the second period on its way to a 9-4 win over Bowdoin. The Panthers trailed the Polar Bears 2-1 after one period, but scored 8 of the game's next 9 goals to earn the win. Middlebury scored 9 goals on 17 shots on the night, but were outshot 20-17. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Bowdoin, who returns to action at Williams on Saturday. Middlebury hosts Colby at 4:00 on Saturday.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 4:06 into the game on a goal from Casey Ftorek. Bowdoin answered at the 10:54 mark as Mike Collins tipped in a shot from Mike Westerman for a power play goal. The Polar Bears took a 2-1 advantage with another power play goal with 3:57 left in the period. Westerman's shot from the left point bounced high in front of Middlebury goaltender Ross Cherry, who was unable to stop the puck as it slipped by for a goal. The Polar Bears ended the period with a 5-4 shots advantage.
The second period started with a flurry on a pair of goals in the first 1:06. Bowdoin took a 3-1 lead as Colin MacCormick converted a breakaway just 29 seconds in. Middlebury answered 37 seconds later as Ken Suchoski fed Trevor Dodds on a two-on-one, as Dodds snapped a shot over the shoulder of Bowdoin netminder Chris Rossi. Mickey Gilchrist hit the post at the seven-minute mark, before Scott Barlett converted a power play goal on a failed clear to tie the game at three at 9:20. Cherry kept it a 3-3 game for Middlebury as he denied Leland Fidler with great glove save at 10:12.
The Panthers kept up the pressure, scoring three goals in the game's next 2:34 to take a 6-3 lead after two. Jamie McKenna fed Ftorek for a quick shot from the high slot for the first goal, before Mickey Gilchrist held the puck skating in front of the crease before snapping a shot past Rossi. John Sullivan scored the third goal of the spurt with a rocket from just above the left circle.
McKenna made it a 7-3 game for Middlebury in the third, before Westerman answered for Bowdoin with a rocket from the right side. Gilchrist scored with some nifty moves at 9:58, before McKenna found the back of the net with a feed from Maldonado at the 12:54 mark. McKenna ended the night with two goals and three assists, while Gilchrist and Ftorek each netted a pair.
Cherry ended the night with 16 saves to earn the win, while Rossi made eight for Bowdoin.
Date: January 18, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Bowdoin (9-3) 2 1 1 - 4
Middlebury (10-2-1) 1 5 3 - 9
M-1st (4:06) - Casey Ftorek (John Sullivan)
B-1st (10:54) - PP: Mike Collins (Mike Westerman, Mike Corbelle)
B-1st (16:03) - PP: Westerman (Colin MacCormick)
B-2nd (:29) - MacCormick (Corbelle)
M-2nd (1:06) - Trevor Dodds (Ken Suchoski)
M-2nd (9:20) - PP: Scott Bartlett
M-2nd (15:47) - PP: Ftorek (Jamie McKenna, Tom Maldonado)
M-2nd (17:56) - Mickey Gilchrist (McKenna, Dodds)
M-2nd (18:21) - John Sullivan
M-3rd (4:28) - McKenna (Samuel Driver, Gilchrist)
B-3rd (8:40) - Westerman (Kyle Shearer-Hardy)
M-3rd (9:58) - Gilchrist (McKenna, Ian Drummond)
M-3rd (12:54) - PP: McKenna (Maldonado, Gilchrist)
Chris Rossi-B (60 min., 8 saves, 9 GA)
Ross Cherry-M (60 min., 16 saves, 4 GA)