Middlebury completed a weekend sweep of NESCAC/ECAC play, as the Panthers picked up a 6-4 win over St. Anselm (6-6-1, 4-6-1) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (6-5-3, 4-4-2) have lost just once in their last nine outings, as they return to play at Colby and Bowdoin next weekend.
Middlebury scored the only goal of the first period when Charlie Strauss scored at the 10:30 mark after a nice feed from Tucker Donahoe.
A wild second period saw five goals scored and Middlebury emerge with a 4-2 lead. Darric White scored the first of his career for the Panthers at 10:36, scoring from down low on the left side. John Barr made it a 3-0 game less than a minute later with a wrister from the right point.
St. Anselm got on the board with a goal from Bryan Luther from the left wing at 16:11. J.D. Vermette scored in transition for the Panthers at 17:14, stopping quickly and finding the back of the net from the right face-off circle. The Hawks answered just over a minute later with a power play goal as Timothy King found Coleman Noonan from behind the net.
The team’s exchanged goals in the first 4:16 of the third period, as King netted his second to make it a 4-3 game, before Charles Nerbak answered for the Panthers. St. Anselm cut the lead to one at 7:22 when Paul Snell redirected a pass from Nick Wheeler. The Hawks had a chance to tie the game midway through the period, but Noonan’s shot hit the pipe.
Louis Belisle gave the Panthers some breathing room with 5:36 remaining, winning a race to the puck and scoring from the right wing with a quick wrister.
John Yanchek made 19 saves between the pipes to earn the win for Middlebury, while Robert Kang made 26 stops for St. Anselm.