Wesleyan netted a pair of goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period on its way to a 2-1 win over Middlebury (8-10-2, 6-7-1) in a NESCAC road contest for the Panthers. The Cardinals (10-8-2, 5-8-1) earn just their third win over Middlebury in 42 all-time meetings, as the Panthers hold a decisive 37-3-2 advantage in the series.
Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead at 10:07 of the first period when Alex Carlacci took the puck deep into the right corner and hit Terence Durkin in the slot for a quick shot into the back of the net.
James Kline made it 2-0 as he took control of the puck in center ice, swept into the Middlebury zone and took a hard forehand shot from the slot while moving to his left that caught the net low inside the right post behind goalie Liam Moorfield-Yee.
The Wesleyan defense blocked numerous shots on the afternoon, complimented by 29 saves from Dawson Sprigings as he came close to his first career shutout.
Middlebury got on the board with 5:07 left in the third period when Tom Freyre lofted the puck from his own blue line toward the Wesleyan blue line. Wesleyan’s Robbie Harbison went down to knock the puck off its path with his glove and whiffed, leaving Jake Charles to collar the loose puck and skate in alone on Springings. He snapped off a high shot past the goalie's glove to make it 2-1, earning his sixth of the season.
Middlebury pulled its goalie for the final 1:08 and kept the puck around the Wesleyan zone most of the time, but the Cardinals limited the Panthers to just one shot which Sprigings stopped to preserve the win.
Middlebury out shot its opponent 30-23, getting 21 saves from Moorfield-Yee. Up next for the Panthers is a game at travel partner Williams Friday.