Men's Hockey Picks Up NESCAC Win Over Conn.

Mike Najjar had a goal and an assist in the win.
Mike Najjar had a goal and an assist in the win.

Middlebury picked up its first win of the season, holding on for a 3-2 victory over Connecticut College (1-3, 1-3) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (1-1-2, 1-1-2), return to action next Friday and Saturday when they host the 17th Annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout.

Connecticut College had some great chances early on with a power play, but could not get on the board. The Panthers nearly went up 1-0 at the 5:22 mark, but Mark McLellan's shot from the left side hit the far pipe.

Middlebury scored the game's first goal at the 11:17 mark, taking advantage of a turnover. Mike Najjar picked off a pass on the left side before skating in and wristing a shot to the top-right corner.

The Panthers opened up a three-goal lead with a pair in a span of 1:48 during the second period. Evan Neugold scored at the 4:46 mark after Max Greenwald's shot from the left point had been saved. Ronald Fishman followed with a blast from the top of the zone at 6:33, converting a feed from Derek Pimentel for a 3-0 advantage.

Conn. got on the board 5:55 into the third period when Tim DiPretoro sent a pass to the top of the left face-off circle where Joe Giordano scored with a quick wrister. Less than three minutes later, Stephan Brennan made a quick cross-crease pass to Joe Birmingham, who found the back of the net to make it a one-goal game.

The Camels went on a power play with 4:20 remaining, but the best chance to score was when Middlebury's Najjar broke in with some space as his shorthanded bid missed just high.

Middlebury's Zach Haggerty nearly sealed the game with 1:13 remaining, but his quick shot from the low slot was robbed by a sprawling save from Camel keeper Tom Conlin (29 saves).

The Camels pulled Conlin for the final 55 seconds, but the Panthers were able to maintain the puck and hold on for the win.

Liam Moorfield-Yee made 23 saves in goal to earn the win as Middlebury held a 32-25 shots advantage in the game.