The Middlebury men's hockey team scored twice in the third period for a 4-2 NESCAC triumph at Colby on Friday in Alfond Rink, as the Panthers completed the season sweep of the Mules. Middlebury netted the game-winning goal early in the third period and sealed the win with an empty netter in the closing minute. The Panthers (5-6-4, 4-1-4) head to Bowdoin for a 4:00 p.m. start on Saturday, while Colby (5-7-4, 3-6-2) hosts Williams at 3:00 p.m.
The Panthers opened the scoring 6:49 into the game, when Ronald Fishman netted his second goal of the season. Fishman had the puck behind the net, faked a pass to the front and lifted a backhand shot over Colby goalie Emerson Verrier's left shoulder.
Middlebury pushed the margin to 2-0 early in the second period, when Brendan McGovern tallied at the 1:46 mark.
Colby bounced back later in the period to tie the game with two goals in a span of 3:53. The first of those came when Jonathan Sdao scored shorthanded at the 10:06 mark. Geoff Sullivan's pass sent Sdao in alone and his high shot beat Panther goalie Stephen Klein. The Mules' Scott Fenwick later tied the game, following a stretch of sustained pressure by the Mules in the Middlebury zone.
Andrew Neary notched his first career goal for the Panthers 5:26 into the third period, as the visitors reclaimed the lead at 3-2. He deflected a shot from the point by Fishman that put Middlebury back in front.
The Mules were whistled for a penalty with 1:30 left in regulation and Zach Haggerty scored into the empty net for a power-play goal with 47 seconds remaining.
Colby held a 32-29 advantage in shots on the goal, but Klein lifted the Panthers with a game-high 31 saves. Verrier had 24 saves for the Mules.
Each team had three power-play chances, with Middlebury being the only team to score on the man advantage.