Charles’ Overtime Goal Lifts Middlebury Past Colby

Jake Charles scored twice and added an assist on Saturday, including the game-winning tally in overtime.
Jake Charles scored twice and added an assist on Saturday, including the game-winning tally in overtime.

Jake Charles scored 59 seconds into overtime on a rebound after Brendan McGovern's shot had been saved to give Middlebury a 4-3 victory over Colby on Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (7-6-3, 4-3-3) return to action Friday when they play at Tufts with the faceoff set for 7:00 p.m., while Colby (5-10-2, 2-8-2) visits Southern Maine on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

With scoring chances hard to come by in the opening period, Evan Neugold put the Panthers on the board at the 17:27 mark. He scored on a nifty pass across the ice from right to left. McGovern brought the puck into the offensive zone and worked down behind the goal line. He sent a pass to Charles on the right dot, and Charles laced a low pass to the stick of Neugold, who rifled a shot into the upper portion of the net.

Nearing the midway point of the second period and skating 5-on-3, Colby tied the game when EJ Rauseo scored just inside the left dot. It came on a pass from the right side on a give-and-go with Devin Albert, as Cam MacDonald brought the puck into the zone and initiated the play.

At the 14:46 mark, Cameron Romoff laced a shot on the power play from the left side that found the top left of the net. Assists on the play came from Mike Najjar and Zach Weier after the trio passed the puck around just inside the blue line.

Colby tied the game at 2-2 just 1:17 into the third period. Mario Benicky came around the back of the net and stuffed the puck home on the short side for his sixth of the year. Later in the period, Middlebury had a great look at the 6:54 mark when Max Greenwald deflected a pass out of midair from George Ordway, but the shot was denied by Colby goalie Sam Parker. Midway through the period, Ordway's blast from the left side hit the pipe.

The Panthers took a 3-2 lead at the 12:09 mark with the seventh of the year from Charles. Greenwald's shot in on the power play was tipped out of the air by Charles and into the back of the net.

After an unsuccessful power play, Colby netted the equalizer with just 1:58 remaining. Michael Rudolph took the puck off the boards and skated through center ice before snapping a quick shot to the top right corner from the high slot.

For the game, Middlebury held a 35-22 advantage in shots and posted a perfect 2-2 mark on the power play, while Colby went 1-5. Klein made 19 saves in the win, while Parker was credited with 31 stops for the Mules.