Middlebury (7-1-4, 4-0-4 league) maintained its men's ice hockey mastery over Wesleyan (5-7, 2-6) as Chris Brown scored the first two goals of his career, the second with 9:17 left in the game to break a 1-1 tie, and propel the Panthers to their 34th straight game vs. Wesleyan without a loss, 3-1, here today. Brown, who has played in just three games this season, now has a pair of goals and an assist on the year.
With two Wesleyan penalties called just 10 seconds apart midway through the third period, Middlebury took little time capitalizing on the two-man advantage opportunity. Brown scored from the left side on a rebound of a central shot taken by Tucker Donohoe. Wesleyan netminder Glenn Stowell made the initial stop but the puck went straight to Brown who had the left side of the net wide open as a target for the go-ahead tally. Wesleyan had a pair of power-play chances down the stretch but could not come up with the equalizer. John Sullivan then deposited the puck into an empty net, as Stowell had been pulled with 40 seconds to go. That insurance goal came with just 10 seconds remaining, giving Middlebury a 32-0-2 all-time record vs. Wesleyan.
Wesleyan had drawn first blood at 7:13 of the opening period. John Guay fired a rising wrister past Panther keeper senior Max Kennedy to the glove side for his seventh goal of the year tying him for the team lead and improving his team-best point total to 15. Brown countered at the 16:57 mark with a power-play goal for the first of his career. He sent a whistling slap shot from the left circle past Stowell right along the ice. Ken Suchoski had an assist on the play and also assisted on the empty-netter to up his seasonal scoring to 12 points.
Stowell finished the game with 27 saves for Wesleyan while Kennedy needed just 14 stops for Middlebury as the Panthers doubled-up on the Cardinals in total shots, 30-15.