Hild Leads No. 7 Middlebury over Bates in Opener

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. David Hild scored a career-best six goals to lead Middlebury past Bates 14-6 at Kohn Field on Saturday. With the season-opening win, the seventh-ranked Panthers own a 1-0 overall record and a 1-0 NESCAC mark, while Bates evens their record at 2-2, falling to 0-1 in conference play. This is the 24th match-up of the two schools, as Middlebury holds a sparking 24-0 record over the Bobcats.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Erich Pfeffer's man-up tally at 10:21, bookended a pair of Hild scores. Bates answered when Kyle Starr swept across the top for a lefty tally at 4:41, before Hild notched a first quarter hat trick with 36 seconds left in the quarter.

Hild added his fourth off a face-off win by Brian Foster to start the second quarter, as Andrew Connor scored at 12:52 for a 6-1 advantage. The Bobcats cut the lead to 6-2 a minute later on a man-up shot by Rory Cosgrove before Middlebury ended the quarter on a three-goal run. Hild again bookended a three-goal surge with tallies at 9:23 and 2:47, while Mike Giordano scored a transition goal at 3:42 off a feed from Alex Englert.

Leading 9-2 to start the third quarter, both teams exchanged goals before the Panthers added a pair, building their largest lead of the game at 12-3. Tim Cahill scored on a two-man advantage off an assist from Giordano at 10:09, while Alex Giammarco scored 12 seconds later on a bounce shot.

Bates rallied with a three-goal counterpunch, as Luke Charest collected an assist on all three goals, including the final tally by Dan Hines at 11:03 in the fourth quarter. Trailing 12-6, the Bobcats could not get any closer as Middlebury added the final two goals of the game to close out the win.

Hild led all scorers with his career-high six goals and one assist. Giordano dished out a team-best three assists and scored one goal, while Tim Cahill added two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Seven Bobcats scored one goal apiece, while Charest added a team-high three assists.

Panther goalie Ryan Deane was extremely active in net, making 14 saves, allowing six goals, as he nabbed a game-high nine ground balls. Bates goalie Adam Scharff made seven saves in defeat, allowing all 14 goals.

2011-03-12



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