The Middlebury College Panthers won the NESCAC Championship tournament last weekend at Bowdoin College, and now will be competing for the NCAA Division III National Championship, beginning this weekend. The Panthers defeated Trinity 4-2 in the NESCAC semifinals last Saturday, and then knocked off top-seeded Bowdoin College 3-2 in an exciting conference championship game on Sunday. This Saturday they will host Plattsburgh in the NCAAA quarterfinals. Face-off time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Against Trinity the Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first two periods, and then survived a comeback attempt by the Bantams in the third. Junior forward Ken Suchoski put the Panthers on top 1-0 with a power play goal 7:33 into the opening period. Middlebury then opened up the game with three unanswered goals from Martin Drolet, Matthew Dubuc and John Sullivan in the second.
But Trinity wasn't about to quit. Adam Houli and Jeffrey Menard scored for the Bantams in the final period. But in the end the hole they dug was to deep and the Panthers held on to claim the 4-2 win.
Middlebury ended the contest with a 40-28 shot advantage. In the net junior goalie Wesley Vesprini made 36 saves for Trinity, while John Yanchek stopped 26 for the victorious Panthers. The Bantams finished their season with a 15-9-2 record.
Sundays Conference Championship game against the Bowdoin Polar Bears was even tougher. The Panthers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on two opening period power play goals from Dubuc, giving the freshman forward 3 goals over the course of the weekend's two games.
Bowdoin answered though. Ryan Blossom scored an unassisted short handed goal for the second periods lone score, cutting the Panthers lead to one, 2-1. Then halfway through the final period Blossom struck again, tying the game at 2-2.
But with just 1:42 left to play in the game Panthers senior forward Charlie Townsend scored on his own unassisted goal, lifting Middlebury to the 3-2 win and the conference championship.
Middlebury out shot Bowdoin 28-19. In the net Yanchek had 17 saves to preserve the victory for the Panthers, while Chris Rossi made 25 saves for Bowdoin, who wind up their season at 19-6-1.
The Panthers now stand just three wins away from a national championship. They will face the Plattsburgh Cardinals Saturday evening in the quarterfinals. The two teams split their previous two meetings this year. In just the third game of the year, way back on November 27th the Cardinals defeated the Panthers 3-1. But Middlebury got some pay back when the two teams met again in Middlebury on February 2nd with a 5-3 win. It ought to be a real good one.
The women's team came to an end with a heartbreaking, 2 - 1 quadruple overtime loss to the Trinity Bantams in the NESCAC Semifinals last Saturday at Amherst. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead quickly when Heidi Woodworth scored just 3:47 into the game. Trinity however knotted it at 1-1 when Britney McKenna scored a little over halfway through the second period.
That is how it would stay, not only for the final period and a half, but also through three sudden death overtime periods. It isn't like both clubs didn't have their opportunities. Middlebury would end up blasting 61 shots on goal, and Trinity would fire off 56, but both goalies were brilliant. Middlebury's Lani Wright stopped an amazing 54 shots, only to be outdone by Bantam net minder Isabel Iwachiw, who wound making 60 saves. Then 3:49 into the fourth overtime Trinity's Payson Sword finally got one past Wright and Trinity moved on to the Conference Championship. Middlebury's season ends with a 16-7-3 record.
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