Middlebury dropped its first two games of the season since ’93-’94, as the Panthers fell 5-3 to Connecticut College. The Panthers lead the all-time series 22-6-1 with their first loss to the Camels since ’98-’99. Middlebury held a 32-16 shots advantage in the game, Connecticut College goaltender Andrew Margolin made 32 saves to earn the win.
Neither team found the back of the net during the first period, with Middlebury holding a 16-6 shots advantage. The Panthers had their best opportunities on a five-minute power play after a Conn. College major, but could not get on the board.
The Camels took a 1-0 lead at 6:53 of the second period, when Jordan Gray scored with a shot from the top of the right circle for a five-on-three power play tally. Conn. College scored a four-on-four goal at 8:16, as Sean Curran carried the puck patiently through the zone before finding the back of the net.
Middlebury answered with its first goal of the season 39 seconds later on the power play. John Barr intercepted a pass and quickly fed Michael Griffin, who blasted a shot home from the top of the right circle. Panther rookie netminder Nicholas Jasset kept it a one-goal game a minute later, making a big save on Julien Boutet.
The Camels just missed a two-goal lead at 16:30, when Mike Sinsigalli hit the far post from the left wing. Middlebury scored the equalizer just moments after, when Charles Nerbak left a drop pass to Tucker Donahoe, who blasted a slapper home from the top of the left circle.
Conn. took a 4-3 lead 1:11 into the third when Sinsigalli scored after J.J. McGregor had been denied. The lead grew to 5-3 with a power goal just 1:31 later, when Boutet converted a breakaway with a nice freed from Curran.
Middlebury made it a one-goal game at 7:55 with a power play tally from Griffin. The Camels gained some breathing room at 10:05, when Sinsigalli netted his second of the game, with Curran earning his third assist of the night.
Jasset allowed five goals with 12 saves in his collegiate debut, while Nick BonDurant made four saves in 8:30.