The Middlebury men's hockey team finished 1-1 on its road trip to Maine, suffering a hard-fought 2-1 loss at Bowdoin (7-7-3, 5-5-3) on Saturday afternoon in Watson Arena. The Panthers outshot their opponents 40-29 in the game, but were only able find the back of the net once. Middlebury (5-7-4, 4-2-4) suffers just its second loss of the season in NESCAC play, returning to action next Friday night when it hosts Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m.
Bowdoin went up 1-0 midway through the opening period on a Matt Sullivan goal. Brendan Conroy directed the puck toward Panther goaltender Stephen Klein on the right post, with Klein able to save the initial shot. Sullivan put away the rebound from the doorstop and scored his third of the year.
Vincent Gisonti evened the game on a power-play deflection 10:40 into the second frame. Ronald Fishman found a lane from just outside the right faceoff circle and sent the puck through traffic where Gisonti got a touch for the equalizer, his team-leading sixth of the season.
Paul Falvey and the Panthers came out firing in the opening seconds of the final period, with a quick touch in front that was turned away by Bowdoin goalie Peter Cronin.
Mike Najjar challenged Cronin with a slapper in the 13th minute that was gloved out of the air to keep the game knotted at 1-1.
Daniel McMullan started the game-winning play with a feed to Conroy streaking down the middle. In the Middlebury zone, Conroy skated on goal before dishing right to Cody Todesco, who slipped one past Klein for the game-winner with just 1:24 remaining.
Cronin stopped 39 of 40 shots to earn the win in net for Bowdoin, while Klein made 27 saves for the Panthers.