New England College netted five unanswered third period goals lifting the Pilgrims past visiting Middlebury 7-4 in men's ice hockey action Friday evening. With the win the Pilgrims even their overall record at 7-7-2, while the loss is just the second on the season for the Panthers who drop to 7-2-4 overall.
The two teams would battle through the first half of the opening period scoreless before Middlebury's Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) took advantage of a Panther power-play netting his second goal of the season assisted by Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) and Charles Strauss (Eagle river, Wisc.) at the 9:55 mark.
Middlebury extended their lead to 2-0 just minutes later as Martin Drolet (Lachine, Quebec) would stuff in a shot assisted by Bryan Curran (Wilmette, Ill.). The Pilgrims got on the board late in the opening period as Johan Granath (Stockholm, Sweden) would score a breakaway goal with 4:29 remaining.
NEC knotted the game at 2-2 just 5:04 into the second period as Jon Globke (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) would beat the Middlebury defense to net his third goal of the season assisted by Ed Dwyer (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Brett DiClementi (Southwick, Mass.). The Panthers responded as Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) netted back-to-back power play goals late in the period sending Middlebury into the second intermission up 4-2.
The Pilgrim offense exploded in the third period as NEC scored four goals in the opening four minutes of the period. Four different Pilgrims scored including Jeff Armando (Canton, Mass.) who had a goal and an assist and senior Alex Muse (Lynnfield, Mass.) picked up an assisted on three of the four goals. NEC's Jon Globke tacked on his second goal of the evening on a Pilgrim power-play at the 9:09 mark putting the Pilgrims up 7-4.
The Panthers finished the night out shooting the Pilgrims 41-28.
Picking up the win in net for NEC was Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) who finished with 37 saves on the evening. In net for Middlebury was Max Kennedy (Cazenovia, N.Y.), who stopped 14 shots and John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) who finished with seven saves.