The Middlebury men's hockey team got back on the winning track with a 4-1 NESCAC road win victory at Wesleyan (10-9-1, 6-7-1) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (8-9-3, 6-5-3) are back in action next Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. game against Williams.
Following a scoreless first period, Middlebury got on the board at the 11:48 mark of the second period. Alex Heinritz connected with a deflected shot and placed it into the bottom corner for the 1-0 advantage.
Shortly after, the Cardinals nearly evened the score when Tyler Wyatt's attempt on a breakaway hit the top right post. With seconds remaining in the middle frame, Wesleyan had another strong chance as Jordan Rose took a pass in front of the net with only the Middlebury goalie to beat, but Brian Ketchabaw made the save as time expired.
It didn't take long for the Panthers to add an insurance tally in the third. Less than two minutes into the period, Bret Pastor took a shot from inside the blue line that was saved by Cardinal goaltender Tim Sestak. However, the puck bounced back to Brett Dineen, who placed a shot into the top left corner.
Just over seven minutes later, the Cardinals cut the lead in half when Tyler Kobryn was in the right place at the right time, as he corralled a rebound and found the back of the net.
Middlebury made it a two-goal lead once again less than three minutes later when Matt Danner scored on a rebound at the 11:37 mark. The Panthers added some insurance with 4:04 remaining when Emack Bentley wrapped around the goal and passed the puck to the top of the crease, finding an open Tyler Capello for the tally.
Ketchabaw, who was playing in his first game since an injury on January 3rd, made 29 saves between the pipes. Sestak finished with 23 stops for the Cardinals as the hosts held a 30-27 shots advantage.