No. 11 Middlebury Pulls Away to Win at Skidmore

Middlebury went on a late run to pull away from Skidmore, as the 11th-ranked Panthers picked up a 12-5 road win on Wachenheim Field. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday when they host Colby.

The Thoroughbreds took an early 1-0 lead after Matt Ohara found Kevin Mulvey on the weak side. Mulvey launched a shot past Middlebury goalie Nate Gaudio for his 17th goal of the season.

The Panthers responded in a big way, netting three goals including one as time expired in the first quarter to hold a 4-1 advantage heading into the second frame. Andrew Metros scored twice during the run.

Both teams displayed solid defense and goaltending as neither was able to break the 4-1 score until the 6:34 mark of the stanza when Josh Berger cradled a pass from Bryan Connolly and buried it home to bring the Thoroughbreds within two goals at 4-2.

The Panthers dominated the rest of the first half, scoring three goals in less than one minute of play on way to a 4-0 run, stretching their lead to 8-2 as both teams headed to the sidelines for intermission.

Skidmore came out of the break strong, holding Middlebury to just one goal with seven seconds left on the clock in the third quarter. The Thoroughbreds outshot Middlebury 12-9 in the quarter, resulting in a a pair of goals. Skye MacLeod notched his first goal of the season after Mulvey found him open in the circle. The Thoroughbreds continued to chip away when Mulvey let loose a shot from the fare right side that found nylon, making it 8-4 in the process.

Leading 9-4 in the fourth quarter, goals from Stew Kerr, Mike Giordano and Jon Broome put the game out of reach, as the Panthers went on to the 12-5 win.

Gaudio was solid in net, making 16 saves with just five goals allowed. Matt Diaco made 14 stops for the Thoroughbreds.

Broome led all scorers with four points on three goals and an assist, while Metros and Kerr each recorded two goals respectively. Zach Driscoll caused three turnovers while picking up four ground balls.

Mulvey led Skidmore with three points on two goals and one assist.


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