MIDDLEBURY - The Middlebury Panthers men's ice hockey team outplayed the Norwich Cadets on both ends of the power play enroute to a 3-2 win last Saturday in Middlebury. The Panthers had five power play opportunities and capitalized on two of them.
Mason Graddock netted a shot - the eventual game-winner - that broke a 2-2 tie in the third period. Junior forward John Sullivan scored Middlebury's only even-handed goal in the first period, while goalie Doug Raeder preserved the one goal win with 17 saves.
On the other end, the Norwich Cadets had six power play opportunities, but the Panthers managed to kill off five of them. Nikita Kashirsky scored the Cadets lone power play goal. If it wasn't for the efforts of Norwich goalie Ryan Klingensmith and his 24 saves the final score could have been much more lopsided. He kept his Cadets in the game with a chance to win right up to the final horn.
Middlebury remains undefeated at 4-0-0 with the win, while Norwich falls to 2-1-1 with the loss. The Panthers are at Salem State on Friday before traveling to Southern Maine this Saturday.
Lady Panthers preserve no-loss record
Meanwhile, the lady Panthers improved to 4-0-1 last weekend with a pair of impressive road wins. On Saturday Grace Walters and Erika Nakamura scored two goals each to lead the Panthers to an 8-2 thumping of the Hamilton Continentals.
Maggie Melberg and Julia Ireland aided the onslaught with a goal and an assist each, while Corey Cooper and Marjie Billings both added single goals.
Junior Lani Wright was busy in the net, making 22 saves for the victorious Panthers, who out-shot Hamilton 37-24 in what proved to be a wide-open contest. Kathryn Kroleski and Christie Sharlow tallied a goal and an assist each for Hamilton, who dropped to 3-1-0 with the loss.
The Panthers kept it rolling on Sunday when Ireland netted two goals, and Annmarie Cellino scored once to go along with three assists, pacing Middlebury in a 5-0 shutout of Wesleyan College.
The outcome of this contest was never in doubt, as the Panthers out shot their hosts 59-8. Senior forward Molly Vitt joined in on the fun with a goal and a pair of assists. Nakamura also scored for Middlebury, giving her three goals for the weekend and four total on the season.
Sophomore Alexi Bloom was in the net for the Panthers, making eight saves to post her first shutout of the year. Wesleyan fell to 0-4-1 with the loss.
The Panthers return home this weekend to host Connecticut College Saturday at 7 p.m. and Amherst Sunday at 3 p.m.