Middlebury won its fourth straight game as the Panthers picked up a 3-2 win over Trinity in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers improve to 10-8-2, 9-3-2 in the NESCAC and return to action next Friday night when they host Williams. The Bantams fall to 11-5-3, 8-3-3 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 6:41 into the first period with a power play goal. Derek Pimental intercepted a pass and quickly found Ben Wiggins for an open look resulting in his fourth of the season. Trinity answered at 11:10, when Zachary Lombardi found Larry Bero in transition for his second of the year. The Panthers regained the lead with 2:28 left in the period, when Mathieu Castonguay scored his first of the season from the left side past a screened Benjamin Coulthard (35 saves).
The Panthers had a great chance to extend their lead 8:40 into the second period while shorthanded. Michael Longo picked up the puck and skated in alone after a Trinity defender had fallen down. After a nice move to the backhand, Longo was denied by a great pad save from Coulthard.
Neither team scored in the second period, with Middlebury holding a dominating 13-1 shots advantage. The Bantams had two power plays in the period, with their first shot coming at the 14:35 mark.
Trinity tied the game with a shorthanded goal 12:48 into the third period. Charlie Mullan fed Tim Shea, as the lefty scored with a far side shot from the right wing for his second of the year. Middlebury answered with the game-winner just 1:21 later as Evan Neugold’s shot from the goal line area deflected past Coulthard for the 3-2 lead.
Trinity pulled Coulthard with 1:00 to go and went on the power play with 20 seconds left, but took a penalty five seconds later to end the extra-man opportunity. Coulthard returned to the net for the final 15 seconds as Middlebury hung on for the win.
The Panthers held a 38-14 shots advantage in the game, getting a dozen saves from Dan Fullam to earn the win. The win avenges a 2-1 loss for the Panthers on January 5th at Trinity, a game in which they outshot their opponent, 54-22.
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