#7 Middlebury College 5, Connecticut College 3
Riffe Tallies Shorthanded Goal for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Matthiu Dubuc (Blainville, Quebec) tallied two goals and one assist to lead the seventh ranked Middlebury College Panthers (1-0-1) to a 5-3 NESCAC victory against Connecticut College (0-2) at Dayton Arena Saturday. Martin Drolet (Lachine, Quebec), John Sullivan (Delmar, N.Y.), and Ken Suchoski (Bear Creek Township, Pa.) all finished with a goal and an assist for the winning side.
Connecticut College senior Trevor Bradley (West Hartford, Conn.) accounted for a goal and an assist in the setback. Sean Tuohy (Salisbury Mills, N.Y.) and Ryan Riffe (South Berwick, Maine.) contributed with scores while Joe Capuano (Melrose, Mass.) had two assists for the Camels.
The Camels came out firing in this one, out-shooting the Panthers 10-to-7 in the opening period of play. Ryan Joyce (Dorchester, Mass.) launched a hard slap shot from the right point at the 3:47 mark but Middlebury sophomore net-minder John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) was able to get a pad on the shot for one of his 21 saves in the game.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Panthers took the lead with a Suchoski goal 55 seconds into the middle period. The Camels responded in a power play situation. Capuano delivered a pass through the slot to Sean Tuohy, who made a nifty move for a goal as he was going down to the ice.
But the Panthers countered with a goal less than a minute later. Matthiu Dubuc was able to meet a loose puck in the air and stuff it in the top shelf to make it a 2-1 game. With 8:43 remaining in the second, the Camels responded again when Ryan Howarth (Grand Blanc, Mich.) hit Trevor Bradley with a pass for a one-timer near the left circle to tie the game at two.
But the Panthers took the lead for good with 12:36 remaining in the third period. Suchoski won a face-off to John Sullivan, who scored from near the left circle. Martin Drolet added an insurance goal with 7:03 to go.
The Camels continued to battle the Panthers and Ryan Riffe put in a shorthanded goal with 2:33 remaining when he made a nifty move to his backhand. Ryan Joyce (Dorchester, Mass.) was able to lead Riffe in on the breakaway with the assisting pass. But Dubuc added an insurance goal with 28 seconds remaining and the Panthers were able to hold on for the 5-3 victory.
Senior Greg Parker (Trenton, Ont.) made 31 saves in the game for the Camels.
November 21, 2009