Middlebury bounced back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, but visiting Colby netted the game’s final two tallies for a 4-3 NESCAC victory over the Panthers on Friday in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury (6-7-1, 3-5-1) is home again Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. start against Bowdoin, while the Mules (6-6-3, 3-5-2) head to Williams for a 3:00 p.m. faceoff.
Colby jumped out to the early lead, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play. Kienan Scott stepped in from the point and wristed a shot into the upper-left side of the net past Panther goalie Brian Ketchabaw at the 5:51 mark. Middlebury had a tremendous chance with 8:40 on the clock to pull even with the visitors on another power play. Michael Fahie was denied by Colby netminder Andrew Tucci on a shorthanded breakaway and Tucci also stopped Alex Heinritz’s follow-up bid. The Mule goalie came up big again late in the period, making an acrobatic save on a power-play bid by Middlebury’s Emack Bentley.
The goals came at a fast pace early in the middle stanza, as the teams scored three times in a span of 1:04. Colby made it a 2-0 score 3:16 into the new frame on a tally by Spencer Hewson, but the hosts responded in quick fashion. Jimmy McKee wired a shot past Tucci from the right circle just 16 seconds later, while Heinritz popped in his own rebound on the right side of the net to tie the contest with 15:40 on the clock.
Middlebury took a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal by Kamil Tkaczuk at the 14:32 mark, as he redirected a pass in from McKee. The Mules tied the game two minutes later on a shorthanded marker by Thomas Stahlhuth coming on an end-to-end rush.
In the final 20 minutes, Middlebury had a quality chance with just over four minutes expired, as Tyler Capello set up Charlie Parsons for a shot from the left side. Tucci slid to the post for the save to keep the game tied. Middlebury had another chance when Mitchell Allen broke free off a faceoff with his breakaway attempt thwarted by Tucci. Seconds later, Scott created a turnover at the blueline for the Mules and skated in alone on Ketchabaw and slid in his second goal of the contest with 11:45 remaining.
Middlebury pulled Ketchabaw with 1:18 remaining, but Colby allowed only one shot in that time to secure the win.
Ketchabaw finished with 28 saves for the hosts, while Tucci turned aside 32 for the Mules. The Panthers held a 35-32 edge in shots and each team went 1-4 on the power play.