The Middlebury men's hockey team suffered a 4-1 loss at seventh-ranked Trinity (15-4-1, 11-3-0) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (6-8-6, 5-3-6) trailed 2-1 before the Bantams added a pair of goals to secure the win. Middlebury returns to action on Thursday when it visits #9 Williams with a 7:00 p.m. start.
Middlebury found themselves a man down early in the first period as Anthony Sabitsky scored on a rebound for a power play goal 2:42 into the game.
Trinity outshot Middlebury 16-2 in the opening period, as the Bantams' second goal came via Brandon Cole's fifth score of the season with less than four minutes remaining in the first.
Middlebury answered in the second period on a power play when Terrance Goguen sent a shot off Trinity goalie Alex Morin's blocker. Matt Doherty corralled the puck and put it past Morin to cut Trinity's lead to 2-1 with 6:56 to play in the second period.
Cole returned the favor with his second goal of the game that came with 54 seconds left in the second period. He got a clean look at the net to put the Bantams up 3-1 as the teams entered the second intermission.
Tyler Whitney extended Trinity's lead to three with 4:45 to play when he sent a shot past the out-stretched blocker of Liam Moorfield-Yee to seal the 4-1 victory.
Moorfield-Yee finished with 39 saves, while Morin tallied 17 stops as the Bantams outshot Middlebury 43-18 for the afternoon.