Bill Beaney earned his 500th win at Middlebury as the Panthers (5-3-2) captured the 21st Middlebury College Holiday Classic with a 3-1 win over Neumann (5-4-3) in Kenyon Arena. Now in his 27th year at the helm, Beaney owns a record of 500-164-47 behind the Panther bench. He boasts a career record of 586-240-55 over 34 years, with more Division III wins than any coach in the history of the game.
The first period saw Middlebury hold an 11-5 shots advantage. Goaltenders Braely Torris of Neumann and Panther Drew Michals, in his first collegiate game, both made some impressive saves to keep it a scoreless game.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 4:27 into the first period with the first of the year for Brendan McGovern. Terrance Goguen's shot from the point deflected in the slot where McGovern gathered the rebound and found the back of the net
The Panthers took advantage of a Neumann major penalty midway through the period, scoring twice in a span of 34 seconds. Louis Belisle scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season skating in from the left point before wristing a shot into the net from the high slot. Derek Pimentel tied Belisle for the team lead moments later, as a shot from the left point by Ben Wiggins deflected into net off Pimentel in front.
Neumann broke up the shutout in the third period with the second of the season from Shane Topf. A shot from the right point by Anthony Pino was saved by Michals before Topf put home the rebound.
Michals earned the win for Middlebury in his collegiate debut, picking up 19 saves on the afternoon. Torris finished with 29 stops for the Knights as Middlebury held a 32-20 shots advantage.
Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics
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