Middlebury scored five-straight goals, including three in the second period, as the Panthers pulled away from visiting Tufts for a 6-2 NESCAC triumph on Saturday. Middlebury (4-2-0, 3-1-0) continues conference play Friday at 7:00 p.m. hosting Hamilton, while the Jumbos (3-4-0, 1-3-0) are home at the same time against Bowdoin.
Both teams got on the scoreboard in the opening period, with the Jumbos striking first. Ross Delabruere directed a shot on goal from the left side that Clay Berger poked past Panther goalie Adam Wisco with 3:34 expired. Middlebury countered with 6:53 showing on the clock, as Michael Fahie centered the puck from behind the Tufts net to Kamil Tkaczuk, who tucked a shot from the right side of the crease inside the far post.
In the second period, the Jumbos regained a one-goal cushion, taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Justin Brandt sent a pass across the top of the crease to the left post, where Nick Schultze deposited his third tally of the season with 5:53 expired.
Middlebury pulled even 1:14 later, when Fahie buried a centering pass from Emack Bentley on an odd-man rush. The hosts took their first lead (3-2) of the game with 3:56 left in the middle frame, as Owen Powers made a great pass to Zach Shapiro in the slot, who ripped a shot under the cross bar in the upper-right corner. Fahie added his second marker of the period with 4.1 seconds remaining, making a spin move at the top of the crease and sending shot past Jumbo goalie Drew Hotte for a 4-2 advantage.
The Panthers didn't waste any time adding to their lead in the third, as Powers swatted in a puck in the slot with just 34 seconds ticked off the clock for a 5-2 lead. Middlebury killed off a pair of Jumbo power plays to keep the difference at three goals, while Wisco made a very timely save on a shot by Angus Scott from right on the doorstep with 8:15 remaining.
Wisco won for the second time in as many nights, finishing with 25 saves, while Hotte had 31 stops for the Jumbos.
Middlebury held a 37-27 edge in shots and each team went 1-6 on the power play.