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Middlebury Skates Past Men’s Ice Hockey

Matt Creamer

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Middlebury scored an early goal and added an empty netter late to down the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team by a 2-0 score on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.

Connecticut College fired away 34 total shots, including 19 on target, but had nothing to show for it in the opening frame. The Panthers, meanwhile, were opportunistic by scoring the only goal in the frame on 12 total attempts thanks to a strong forecheck in the fifth minute of the game. A failed Camel clear attempt that was stopped by Owen Powers to keep the puck alive, and the visitors eventually cashed in on a rebound when Spencer Cage collected Allen's initial shot by backhanding it past junior netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.).

After a scoreless second period, the Camels thought they had nearly tied the game in the third. Freshman Steven Senese played a loose puck into the slot to Paul Capozzi, and a pass was sent back to Kyle Moss on the left point. Moss let the puck fly from the blue line through traffic that apparently went in, but the goal was waived off because the puck had not completely crossed the line. The Panthers then killed off another penalty and put the game away when Michael Fahie won a one-on-one race to the puck against Brett Stirling and scored on an empty net by diving forward and crashing into the boards.

Brian Ketchabaw picked up his second shutout of the season by making 39 saves for Middlebury (8-7-1, NESCAC 5-5-1), while Rodericks turned away 32 shots for the Camels in the losing effort.

Connecticut College (4-12-1, NESCAC 0-10-1) will regroup and next host Williams tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.