Middlebury erased a pair of one-goal deficits, but Plattsburgh State netted the game's final three scores as the Panthers dropped a 5-2 decision in Stafford Arena on Friday. The Panthers (0-12-2) return to NESCAC play on January 20, hosting Colby at 7:00 p.m. in Kenyon Arena.
The Cardinals tallied first at the 8:24 mark of the first period, scoring while on the power play. After the hosts kept a Panther clearing attempt in at the blue line, Plattsburgh State's Cole Stallard pushed the puck back to Antoine Fournier-Gosselin at the right point, who drilled a slap shot into the Middlebury net for a 1-0 lead.
In the final minute, the hosts pushed for a second goal, but Panther goalie Stephen Klein made three-straight saves to keep the difference at one.
In the second stanza, Middlebury tied the game with a goal from Trevor Turnbull just after its power play ended. Mitchell Allen started the play with a shot from the left circle that hit off the outside of the net. He collected his own shot along the end boards and centered a pass to Turnbull, who recorded his fifth goal of the season 4:13 into the new period. The hosts got the goal back 20 seconds later when Cam Owens tapped in a rebound, putting Plattsburgh State in front 2-1.
Middlebury made it a 2-2 contest with 11:25 on the clock when Jimmy McKee fed Kamil Tkaczuk at the edge of the left circle and Tkaczuk lifted a shot over Cardinal goalie Brady Rouleau for his third tally of the season. Plattsburgh State quickly countered, scoring 41 seconds later on a wrist shot from the point by Jakob Engvall that hit the cross bar and dropped in.
The Cardinals started the third period with a flurry, directing 10 shots on goal in just over five minutes. Plattsburgh State's Joe Drabin extended the lead to 4-2 when he tucked in his own rebound after a shot from the left circle at the 5:32 mark.
In the final minutes, the Panthers had a power play and had a brief six-on-four when Klein went to the bench for an extra skater, but Plattsburgh State's Matt Quilty scored into an empty net with 1:27 left on the clock to close out the scoring.
Klein tied a career-high with 44 saves and Rouleau finished with 22. The Cardinals held a 49-24 advantage in shots and went 1-4 on the power play, while the Panthers were scoreless in three opportunities.