The Middlebury men's hockey team grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second period and never looked back during a 3-1 road upset of third-ranked Plattsburgh State (12-3-1) Friday evening. The Panthers (5-6-2) return to action Saturday evening when they host top-ranked Norwich. Faceoff inside the Cadets in Chip Kenyon '85 Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.
At the 8:49 mark of the opening period, Middlebury took a 1-0 lead when Ronald Fishman would bury a power-play goal into the back of the net. Fishman tapped in a cross-ice pace from Max Greenwald who slid the pass across from the bottom of the left circle after a pass off the stick of Ordway.
In the second, the Panthers would add to their lead at 5:12 when Cameron Romoff found the back of the net on a wrister that beat Cardinals goalie Brady Rouleau. Romoff collected a pass at the right circle from Evan Neugold who slung the puck from the left corner board across the ice.
Plattsburgh State answered eleven seconds later and sliced the deficit in half when Rich Botting fired a slap shot from the left point that trickled between Panther goaltender Stephen Klein's pads. Plattsburgh State's Matt Quilty jammed the loose puck into the back of the net.
Headed to the final period, the Panthers provided the dagger at 11:11 as Ordway sniped one over the glove of Rouleau short-handed.
Middlebury possessed a narrow 22-20 advantage in shots for the game. Rouleau finished the night with 19 saves, while Klein also recorded 19 stops.