Middlebury scored twice in each period on its way to a 6-3 win over Skidmore on New Year’s Day in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers improve to 3-4 on the season with the victory, while the Thoroughbreds fall to 3-6-1. Middlebury has now won 14 of 15 games played against Skidmore in the series history.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at 4:26, when J.D. Vermette finished off his own rebound after his initial shot was saved by Andrew Ross. The lead doubled at 6:38 with Jak Knelman tipping in a shot from Mathieu Dubuc.
Skidmore got on the board at the 13:32 mark, with Dave Dupuis stopping quickly and then wristing a shot through the five-hole of John Yanchek. The Thoroughbreds tied the game with just 21 seconds left in the period, when Vlad Gavrik redirected a pass from Tyler Doremus.
Middlebury took a 3-2 advantage 15:57 into the second period with a power play goal. Ken Suchoski made a pass towards the goal to Dubuc, who quickly turned and scored his first of the season. Martin Drolet wristed a shot high into the net from the right face-off circle at 18:09, taking a feed from Dubuc.
Leading 5-2, Trevor Pollock scored his first of the year in a four-on-four situation, scoring from the slot after a failed clearing pass by Ross in the third. The lead increased to 6-2 at 15:35, when Drolet scored with a high shot for the second time. Skidmore answered just 43 seconds later, when Brad Schuler scored from the far side after a shot from the right point by Dalton Weinstein.
Middlebury ended the night with a 29-17 shots advantage, with Yanchek earning the win with 14 saves. Ross made 18 saves in 49:03, while Colin Bessey made five saves in 10:57.