NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team suffered a 5-2 setback against Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena. The Panthers scored two early goals and found the back of the net twice in the last few minutes to pull away at the end.
Billy Dobensky opened the scoring just 1:12 into the game. Cole Joslin poked the puck ahead to Owen Powers as he was getting drilled against the boards, and Powers skated down the right side before finding Dobensky in the slot for the first marker. The Panthers then doubled the margin at 7:15 on a play that started with Conor Breen firing in the puck from the right point. Joslin collected the loose puck behind the net and slid it to Antoine Belisle for a score.
Connecticut College came within one on two different occasions during the third period by getting strikes from senior Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore Colin Stevens (Concord, N.H.). However, the Panthers had a quick answer each time.
After the Camels made it 3-2 with 2:23 remaining in regulation, Conor Breen won the puck through a scrum of players scrambling in front of the net to put the Panthers ahead by two with just 2:16 left. Two Camels then got sent to the box within a span of 28 seconds, and the visitors capitalized on the 5-on-3 advantage to put the game away.
Adam Wisco picked up the win for Middlebury (3-1, NESCAC 3-1) by turning away 20 shots. Senior Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 35 saves for the Camels in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (2-3, NESCAC 1-3) will return to action to face Manhattanville on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.