The Middlebury men’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-1 in the championship game of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout at Plattsburgh. The third-ranked Cardinals remain unbeaten at 8-0-1, while the 15th-ranked Panthers fell to 3-1-2.
Plattsburgh jumped on Middlebury early with a pair of goals 2:08 apart early in the first period. Connor Gorman and Dakota Mason gave their team the advantage 5:37 into the contest. Michael Radisa made it a 3-0 game with 1:00 remaining in the first period, prompting a goaltender change as Nick BonDurant came on in relief of Mike Peters.
Following a scoreless second period, Louis Belisle netted his third of the year at the 11:12 mark of the third. The Panthers could get no closer as the Cardinals held on for the victory.
Plattsburgh held a slim 26-21 shots advantage in the game with both squads going 0-5 on the power play. Peters made five saves in the game, while BonDurant finished with 18. Mathieu Cadieux earned the win with 20 saves for the Cardinals.
Belisle and Brendan McGovern earned all-tournament team honors for the Panthers.