MIDDLEBURY-The Middlebury Panthers men's hockey team quest for a National Championship came to an end last Saturday in Middlebury. The Panthers battled back from a 2-0 defecit, fell in overtime 3-2 to the Plattsburgh Cardinals 3-2 in quarterfinal action.
Plattsburg took a 2-0 lead on goals from Kyle Kudroch and Dylan Clarke. Clarke's unassisted goal came just over halfway through the second period. The Panthers got one of those back before the end of the second when Ken Suchoski, assisted by Charlie Strauss, scored in 5 on 5 play with just under four minutes left in the second, Then with seven minutes left in the game the Panthers capitalized on a power play opportunity. Charlie Townsend fed Jak Knelman, who blasted the puck past Cardinal goalie Josh Leis, tying the game at 2-2, and that is how regulation ended.
Plattsburgh didn't require much of the sudden death time to end Middlebury's season. Just 3:19 into the first sudden death period Kyle Taylor fed Jared Docking, who then pushed the game winner past Panther goalie John Yanchek giving the visiting Cardinals the 3-2 win, and a spot in the D-III Frozen Four this weekend. Leis had 21 saves for Plattsburgh who enter this weekends semifinals with a 19-5-4 record. Yanchek made 27 saves for the Panthers, who end their season with the exact same 19-5-4 record.
Cats Are Going to the Big Dance
It is an exciting season for residents of the Green Mountain State when either the men's or women's basketball team from UVM win the America East Championship, and earn a berth in the Division I NCAA Championship tournament. The 2009 / 2010 basketball season was given extra special status last weejend when both Catamount squads captured the America East Championship, and both are headed for the big dance. Go Cats!