Middlebury goalie Adam Wisco stopped all 28 Colby shots he faced for his first collegiate shutout, guiding the Panthers to a 3-0 NESCAC victory over the visiting Mules on Saturday. Middlebury (1-1-0, 1-1-0) is back on the ice Friday at Tufts, while Colby (0-2-0, 0-2-0) hosts Bowdoin with both contests set for 7:00 p.m.
The teams skated through a scoreless opening 20 minutes, with each side getting a power play. The Mules had the better of the chances on their opportunity, directing three shots on goal, but Wisco turned aside each of those offerings.
In the second stanza, Middlebury got its offense going with a power-play tally at the 10:30 mark. Brendan Dawson skated to the slot and set up Owen Powers for a one-timer from the left side for a 1-0 lead. The hosts doubled the advantage with just under six minutes remaining, as Mitchell Allen swept a puck on goal from the bottom of the left circle that went off Conor Breen's skate and past Colby goalie Andrew Tucci.
Colby tried to cut the Panther lead in half in the final minute of the frame when Spencer Hewson jumped on a loose puck in the slot, but his bid was shrugged off by Wisco.
The Panther goalie denied Colby's Pat Daley on back-to-back bids from close range early in the final 20 minutes. Middlebury made it a three-goal cushion with 4:57 remaining, as Matt Danner gave Allen a pass in the Mule zone and the Panther whipped a backhander into the upper part of the net for his second score of the young season. With two Middlebury players in the penalty box with 3:11 left in the game, the Mules pulled Tucci for a 6x3 advantage. Two key blocked shots by Powers and a final save by Wisco kept the final at 3-0.
Tucci finished with 22 saves for Colby, as the visitors held a 28-25 advantage in shots. The Panthers went 1-4 with the man advantage and erased all five power-play opportunities for the Mules.