Big Run Leads Middlebury Past Plattsburgh State

Kyle McFetridge had four ground balls and two caused turnovers on Wednesday.
Kyle McFetridge had four ground balls and two caused turnovers on Wednesday.

Middlebury rattled off 16-consecutive goals spanning 37:24 of action from the second to the fourth quarters, posting a 21-4 victory Wednesday at Plattsburgh State (6-7). The Panthers have scored a combined 43 goals in their last two wins. Middlebury (7-6) returns to NESCAC action as it travels Saturday to fourth-ranked Tufts for a 2:00 p.m. faceoff with the Jumbos.

Tied at 3-3 after the first quarter, the Panthers jumped ahead by two on tallies from Luke Peterson at 14:02 and Zeke Emerson just 20 seconds later, for a 5-3 lead with 13:42 remaining in the second stanza. Plattsburgh State moved to within 5-4 on a goal from Zach Gill at the 8:26 mark. Middlebury outscored the hosts 5-0 over the remainder of the half, including a man-up goal by Danny Jacobs, for a 10-4 edge at the break.

The Panthers recorded all eight goals of the third quarter, highlighted by five scores by Tyler Forbes, for an 18-4 lead. Forbes had a man-down goal during the stretch, while Alderik van der Heyde scored once and added an assist.

Middlebury kept that momentum going in the fourth quarter with a pair of goals by Jacobs and a score by van der Heyde for a 21-4 lead. The Cardinals broke their scoreless streak when Connor Wolff sent a bouncing shot into the net with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter for the final 21-5 score.

Forbes led all players with his career-high seven goals, while van der Heyde tallied three times with two helpers. Jacobs found the back of the net three times, with A.J. Kucinski adding two goals and two assists. Kyle McFetridge had four ground balls, caused a pair of turnovers and scored a goal in the win. Jake Madnick went 17-24 on face offs and collected a game-high eight ground balls. Goalie Tyler Bass (3-0) finished with 10 saves in 45:00 of playing time, while Charles Midgley had four saves (12:04) and Malcolm Ogden (2:56) also saw action.

Jake Carroll topped the Cardinals with a goal and an assist, while four others had one score. Kyle Smith scooped up a team-best seven rollers. Joe Falco (5-7) recorded 17 saves in 52:33 of play for Plattsburgh State, while Jack Hayes added three stops in the final 7:27.

Middlebury held decided advantages in both shots (59-35) and ground balls (41-25), while going 3-7 on its man-up opportunities and limiting the hosts scoreless in five chances.