Middlebury fell to 1-4 on the season, 0-3 in NESCAC/ECAC East league play as they dropped a 5-3 game at Southern Maine on Friday night. USM Sophomore Craig Perham snapped a 3-3 tie scoring a power-play goal with 7:52 remaining to lift the Huskies to the win.
Perham was credited with his second goal of the game when he redirected a shot from senior Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) for a power-play marker at 12:06. Sophomore John Grandinetti (Ottawa, Ontario) picked up the second helper.
The Huskies iced the game in the final minute when senior Jon Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) flipped the puck the length of the ice into the unguarded Middlebury goal. The Panthers had pulled rookie goalie Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) for the extra attacker with 1:10 to play. Rutt also had an assist on USM's first three goals.
The teams traded goals in a fast-paced first period. Junior Jak Knelman (Edina, Minn.) gave Middlebury its only lead at 4:36. Junior Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) tied the game for USM four minutes later.
Conter put USM into the lead, 2-1, at 6:41 of the middle period. Junior Charles Nerbak (Martinsville, N.J.) equalized for Middlebury at 9:15. Perham's first goal of the night restored USM's lead at 12:12, but junior Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) found the net with an unassisted power-play goal at 15:54 to tie the game at 3-3.
USM rookie goalie Braely Torris (Eckville, Alberta) posted 32 saves to get the win. BonDurant finished with 19 saves. Middlebury had a 35-24 edge in shots on goal.