Connecticut College scored with 1:35 left to earn a 3-3 tie with Middlebury in the home-opener for the Panthers (2-1-2, 1-0-2). The Camels (1-2-1, 0-2-1) return to action at Williams tomorrow, while Middlebury will host Tufts at 4:00 p.m.
Middlebury came out flying with three scoring chances in the game’s first seven minutes. Tom Freyre was denied early by a glove save from Mike Petchonka (28 saves), before Derek Pimentel hit the pipe after a feed from Trevor Pollock at the 7:32 mark. George Ordway nearly scored on a rebound a minute later after the initial attempt by Chris Steele was turned away by Petchonka.
Despite the early pressure, it was Connecticut College that got on the board first at the 10:06 mark of the first period. After a turnover JC Cangelosi fed Tim DiPretoro for his first career goal as he cut across the crease. The period ended with the shots tied at six apiece.
The Camels took a 2-0 lead 3:37 into the second period when Dawson Luke scored on a rebound after a shot from JR LaPoint had been saved. The Panthers later tied the game with a pair of power play goals. Terrance Goguen scored the first goal with an assist from Louis Belisle on a shot from the point at 12:05. Thomas Freyre tied the game at 15:10 with a nice wrister from the left wing. The Panthers threatened late in the period with several shots on the power play, but ended the second period in a 2-2 tie with a 17-11 overall shots advantage.
Middlebury put good pressure on with a power play at the 7:42 mark, but was unable to take the lead. The Panthers took their first lead of the game 12:28 into the period on their third power play goal of the game. Trevor Pollock made a quick pass from behind the net to Freyre, who netted his second of the game for a 3-2 lead. Middlebury had another chance on the power play just over a minute later, but could not capitalize.
The Camels game-tying goal came when Congelosi found Dawson Luke at the top of the left circle. His wrister went towards Middlebury goalie Nick BonDurant (11 saves) and trickled over the line off his pads.
Middlebury put a pair of shots on goal in overtime, but the game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Panthers ended the game with a 31-14 shots advantage, going 3-6 on the power play.