The Middlebury men's hockey team erased a one-goal deficit in the third period, but Colby tallied the deciding score 2:11 into overtime, pulling out a 2-1 win Friday over the Panthers. Middlebury wraps up the opening weekend in Maine on Saturday, facing Bowdoin at 4:00 p.m.
The Mules had a pair of chances in the opening minute of the game with Kienan Scott getting both of them. Panther goalie Stephen Klein denied each of those bids, with the second coming on a quick one-timer from the left circle.
Middlebury's best chance in the opening period with just under eight minutes showing no the clock when a shot by Spencer Cage caught a piece of the post with a shot from the right side.
Colby opened the scoring 5:01 into the second period while on the power play. Just after the Panthers had killed off an abbreviated 5-on-3 opportunity, EJ Rauseo jammed in a rebound from the left doorstep for a 1-0 Mule lead.
Middlebury nearly had a chance 30 seconds later as Trevor Turnbull raced into the Colby zone looking to gain control of a loose puck. Mule defenseman Jack Burton made a nice diving play to prevent Turnbull from getting off a shot.
The Panthers had another quality opportunity with four minutes left in the middle period when Mitchell Allen won the puck along the right boards. After gaining control, he skated toward the net, but Mule goalie Andrew Tucci got a piece of Allen's rising shot with his left shoulder.
In the third, Middlebury took advantage of a miscue by Tucci as he tried to play the puck behind the net. Following the turnover, Allen centered a pass to Turnbull, who potted his first collegiate goal 3:58 into the period.
The Mules came close to scoring a goal in the final minutes of regulation when Mario Benicky rang a shot off the post.
In overtime, the hosts had several chances before Geoff Sullivan fired a slap shot from the right circle that eluded Klein at the 2:11 mark.
Klein made 28 saves for the Panthers and Tucci had 17 for the Mules as the hosts held a 30-18 edge in shots.