Middlebury broke open a 3-3 game with three unanswered goals in the third period on its way to a 6-3 win over Wesleyan (9-8-2, 5-6-2) on Friday night in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (9-8-2, 8-3-2) outshot Wesleyan 36-17 in the game and will return to action on Saturday when they host Trinity at 4:00 p.m.
Wesleyan had a great chance early, but Donald Kleckner was denied on a breakaway by Panther netminder Dan Fullam (14 saves). The Cardinals broke onto the scoreboard at the 11:28 mark, when Terence Durkin scored his first of the season, redirecting a feed from Connor Ryan.
Middlebury responded just 30 seconds later, eventually scoring the game’s next three goals in a 4:03 span for a 3-1 lead. Matt Silcoff tallied the initial goal on the power play, scoring from the high slot with a shot off Wesleyan goaltender Glen Stowell (30 saves) for his eighth of the year. Derek Pimental netted his ninth of the season at 13:07, blasting home a shot from the left side after a feed from John Barr. Barr earned his first of the season at 16:01, breaking in on the right side and scoring with a wrister to the far post.
The Cardinals came within one 13:06 into the second period, with the second of the year from Ryan White. After skating behind the net, White threw the puck towards the goal where it deflected off Fullam and into the net.
Wesleyan tied the game at the 6:13 mark of the third, with Ryan netting his second of the year after a flurry in the crease area.
Terrance Goguen earned the first of the three third period goals, finding the back of the net from the left point through traffic for his fourth of the year. Ben Wiggins scored on the power play just 1:43 later from the right point. Pimental won the face-off back to George Ordway, who found Wiggins for the tally. The game’s final goal came from Louis Belisle, as he redirected a pass from behind the net by Brendan McGovern for his team-leading 10th of the year.
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