Men's hockey has two leads but falls in season opener

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 16, 2012
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Nick Lanza celebrates his goal. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team had two leads in the opening two periods and were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, but 15th-ranked Middlebury College scored three goals in the final period in a 5-2 NESCAC win Friday night at Alfond Rink.

Middlebury (1-0 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) will play at 10th-ranked Bowdoin College on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Colby (0-1, 0-1) will entertain 17th-ranked Williams College at 3 p.m. Colby's setback spoiled the debut of new head coach Blaise MacDonald.

Colby held two leads in the game and the contest was tied 2-2 after two periods. However, the Mules took a brutal cross checking penalty with just 0.9 seconds left in the second period and the Panthers made them pay. 

Riley Dickie (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) scored the game-winning goal just 1:16 into the third period from George Ordway (Long Lake, Minn.). The Panthers added an insurance goal at 9:19 when Mike Longo (Morristown, N.J.) had his shot go off a Colby skate for a 4-2 margin. John Barr (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Ben Wiggins (Cambridge, Mass.) had assists on the play.

The Panthers closed out the scoring on the first collegiate goal by first-year defensemen Terrance Goguen (Weston, Mass.) on a shot from past mid-ice into an empty net.

The Mules did fight hard in the game and had two leads in the opening two periods. Nick Lanza (Rocky Hill, Conn.) worked hard in front and pounded home a shot off an assist from Ray Zeek (Wallingford, Conn.) at 9:49 of the first period.

After Colby took a goalie interference penalty, Middlebury scored its first power play goal at 17:58 of the opening period when Matt Silcoff (Thornhill, Ontario) scored with just 14 seconds left on the man advantage off a pass from Dickie.

The Panthers took a tripping penalty just 51 seconds in the second period and the Mules went up 2-1 at 1:44. Lanza scored again off passes from Tommy Kader (North Reading, Mass.) and Zeek.

Less than three minutes later at 4:37, Middlebury tied the game at 2-2 when Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Quebec) tallied from Connor Frick (Webster Groves, Mo.) and Silcoff.

Middlebury goaltender Nick BonDurant (Macedon, N.Y.) stopped 23 shots, while Colby's Matt Delaney (Houston, Texas) made 29 saves.

Middlebury 5, Colby 2
Middlebury 1#1#3---5
Colby  1#1#0---2
Scoring Summary
1st period
C: Nick Lanza (Ray Zeek), 9:44
M: Matt Silcoff (Riley Dickie), 17:58, PP
2nd period
C: Nick Lanza (Tommy Kader, Ray Zeek), 1:44, PP
M: Louis Belisle (Connor Frick, Matt Silcoff), 4:37
3rd period
M: Riley Dickie (George Ordway), 1:16, PP
M: Mike Longo (John Barr, Ben Wiggins), 9:19
M: Terrance Goguen, SH, EN
Shots: Middlebury 34, Colby 25. Power play: Middlebury 2-5, Colby 1-5. Penalties: Middlebury 5-10, Colby 5-10. Goalies: Nick BonDurant (Middlebury, 60:00, 2 GA, 23 saves); Matt Delaney (Colby, 58:55, 4 GA, 29 saves).

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