Middlebury outshot Wentworth 17-6 in the third period but could not earn the equalizer as the 12th-ranked Panthers (4-4-2) fell 3-2 to the Leopards (6-5-1) in the third place game of the 20th Annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic. Middlebury finished the contest with a 33-19 shots advantage as they return to NESCAC play at Wesleyan and Trinity this weekend.
Wentworth threatened early, with Middlebury netminder Liam Moorfield-Yee coming up big on Mike Domsodi four minutes in. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead at the 11:26 mark when Max Greenwald poked home a loose puck for the first of his career. The Leopards tied the game just 1:03 later when Kevin Crowe made a pass from behind the net to Andrew Yarber for a quick redirect. The goal was the second of the year for Yarber.
The second period featured few shots through the first 15 minutes, with a five-minute flurry to end the session. Wentworth regained its lead at the 16:45 mark when Adam Frank scored his second of the year on a rebound after a shot from the left point by Lawton McCracken had been saved.
The lead grew to 3-1 9:28 into the third period when a nice feed from Fred Gervasi was redirected in front by Joel Vastl. Middlebury answered a few minutes later when Robbie Donahoe skated in on the left side and scored on the power play with a quick wrister from the dot. The tally was the second of the season for Donahoe.
Middlebury continued to turn up the pressure in the third period, with Robbie Dobrowski nearly tying the game with 1:54 left as a loose puck sat just off the goal line. The Panthers pulled their netminder with less than a minute remaining, but were unable to tie the game.
Moorfield-Yee made 16 saves in 51:13 of action for Middlebury with three goals allowed, while Mike Peters played 8:17 of scoreless hockey. Joel Miller made 17 saves between the pipes to earn the win for Wentworth.