Men’s Hockey Falls to Connecticut College, 2-1

Men’s Hockey Falls to Connecticut College, 2-1

Middlebury out shot Connecticut College by a 34-15 margin but could only muster up one goal in a 2-1 setback in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers fall to 8-8-2 overall and 6-5-1 in conference play, while the Camels improve to 5-12-1 and 4-8-0 in the league. Middlebury hits the road next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game against Trinity, while Connecticut College plays Tufts on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The first period featured fast-paced action at each end of the ice. Middlebury had back-to-back shots just over five minutes into action by Ben Wiggins and Brendan McGovern, but Connecticut College’s Mike Petchonka saved both chances. At the 14:23 mark, Michael Longo found a loose puck in front of the Camels’ goal, but Petchonka made a diving save to his right. In the final minute of the period, Middlebury had a pair of short-handed chances denied as the Panthers held a 15-7 edge in shots.

The Camels got on the scoreboard at the 4:03 mark of the second period. Steve Servideo placed a hard shot to the upper right corner of the net via a precise assist from Zach Jones after Mike Sinsigalli dug it out of the right corner. At 13:15, Liam Moorfield-Yee kept the one-goal deficit for the Panthers as he made a sprawling glove save to his left with the Camels on the power play.

In the third, Servideo made it 2-0 in favor of the visitors after he scored on the power play via a deflection in front. Sinsigalli took the shot from just inside the blue line on a pass from the point by Will Leedy at 3:36. Near the midway point of the period, Wiggins and Robbie Donahoe both recorded quick shots in front of the Connecticut College goal, but again Petchonka paddled away both attempts. At 11:12, Belisle recorded his team-best 13th goal, ninth on the power play, when he tipped in a shot by Jake Charles from the point. Charles skated around behind the Camel goal before he wristed a shot from the left point.

After a Camel penalty at 18:38, Middlebury called timeout and pulled Moorfield-Yee with just under a minute left. The Panthers had a few attempts during the final minute but weren’t able to find the back of the net.

Moorfield-Yee (1-2-0) recorded 13 saves in the loss, while Petchonka (4-6-1) was credited with 33 saves in the win.