Men's Hockey Blanks Colby to Open Season

Terrance Goguen celebrate's the game's first goal (Will Costello).
Terrance Goguen celebrate's the game's first goal (Will Costello).

New Middlebury coach Neil Sinclair got his season off to a great start, as the Panthers opened with a 4-0 shutout over Colby in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury broke open a 2-0 game by dominating the third period with a 15-2 shots advantage. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they host Bowdoin at 4:00 p.m.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 14:41 into the first period when Evan Neugold won a faceoff back to Terrance Goguen at the top of the right circle. His quick wrister found the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage.

Colby's best chance to score in the second period came midway through when Kai Frankville sent a hard shot toward goal. The puck hit Middlebury's Andrew Neary, popped up in the air and appeared to be headed into the back of the net before Neary cleared it away.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead 11:21 into the second session with a shorthanded goal. Colby goaltender Emerson Verrier tried to sweep the puck from behind his own net, but Vincent Gisonti quickly snatched it up and scored on a wraparound on an empty net. The Mules had plenty of chances in the period, holding a 14-11 shots advantage in the 20-minute session.

Max Greenwald looked to put the Panthers up 3-0 early in the third, but the puck was poke-checked away by Verrier. Jake Charles found the back of the net 3:43 into the final period, taking a feed from Neugold before giving his team a 3-0 advantage. The Panthers struck again at 16:08 when Spencer Cage's shot was partially saved by Verrier before crossing the goal line after a feed from Neugold. The assist was Neugold's third of the night.

Stephen Klein was steady all night long for the Panthers, making 28 saves in goal to earn his fourth career shutout. Verrier finished with 35 stops for the Mules.