Men's Hockey Thumps Tufts As Belisle Ties School Marks

Men's Hockey Thumps Tufts As Belisle Ties School Marks

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.