The Middlebury men's hockey team earned a 3-1 road win at Skidmore in the final weekend of NESCAC play. The Panthers trail first place Bowdoin by one point entering tomorrow's regular season finale at Castleton. Amherst and Williams trail the Panthers by just one point, while Trinity is just two points back. The Thoroughbreds fall to 8-14-2 overall and 7-9-2 in the league, while the Panthers improve to 15-4-4 overall and 11-3-4 league.
Skidmore got the scoring started when Zack Menard and Alex Mykolenko set up Alex Riccio as he found the back of the net with a slap-shot at the 16:01 mark for a power play goal. Middlebury quickly tied it up when Mathieu Dubuc took a pass from Tom Clayton in front of the net and scored at the 17:33 mark.
After a scoreless second period, Clayton beat Thoroughbred goalie Andrew Ross in a 4-on-4 to situation to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead 1:58 into the final period. Middlebury killed a penalty late in the third and held onto the lead as Skidmore was able to get five shots on goal but couldn't find a way to beat Panther goalie John Yanchek. Middlebury added an empty net goal from Charlie Townsend at the 19:05 mark to take the 3-1 victory.
The Panthers outshot the Thoroughbreds, 27-25 as both goalies played well throughout the contest with Ross stopping 24 of 26 shots he faced for Skidmore and Yanchek made 25 saves on 26 shots for the Middlebury. The Thoroughbreds finished 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off six penalties as the Panthers finished 0-6.