Louis Belisle tied the school’s modern day record for goals (4) and points (6) in a game as 11th-ranked Middlebury (3-1-2, 2-0-2) earned a 9-2 win over Tufts (3-3-1, 1-2-1). The last Panther to score four in a game was Matt Snyder in November of ‘01, while the last six-point effort came from David Bracken in February of ’00.
Middlebury got on the board first with a goal on the power play at the 9:44 mark of the first period. Belisle scored on a wrister from the left wing in transition, converting a pass from Connor Frick. Belisle struck again for his third of the year at 13:17, scoring on a backhander with an assist from Brendan McGovern after a turnover. The lead grew to 3-0 with 1:23 remaining when Robbie Donahoe made a quick cross-crease feed to Michael Longo for his third of the year. The period ended with the Panthers holding a 14-3 shots advantage.
Trevor Pollock scored his first of the season 4:41 into the second period, tipping in a shot from the right point by Terrance Goguen. Robbie Dobrowski scored the first of his career at 10:32, converting a quick feed down low from Belisle. Belisle earned his hat-trick at 12:50 on an end-to-end rush, while tying the record just 1:04 later with a shot from the right point.
Tufts got on the board late in the period with a power play goal. Dylan Plimmer won the face-off to Kyle Gallegos, who scored his team-leading sixth of the season.
The Jumbos scored another power play goal 5:10 into the third period with a shot from the right point by Jared Barker. The goal was his third of the year, cutting the margin to 7-2.
Belisle nearly netted his fifth of the game at the 14:10 mark, but his wrister hit the crossbar. Dobrowski netted his second of the game at 15:26, while Chris Steele scored on the power play with 44 seconds remaining to round out the scoring.
Nick BonDurant (40 min., 11 saves, 1 GA) and Mike Peters (20 min., 7 saves, 1 GA) combined for the win for Middlebury, while Derek Metcalfe (20 min, 11 saves, 3 GA), Brian Phillips (13:54 min., 5 saves 4 GA) and Greg Jenkins (26:06 min., 15 saves, 2 GA) each saw action for Tufts.