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Middlebury rolls to quarterfinal win
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 13th straight year after a 9-0 win over Fredonia in an NCAA first-round contest in the Kenyon Arena. The Panthers will host UMass.-Dartmouth on Saturday, March 10th at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the final four. Fredonia ends its season at 15-10-4, while Middlebury moves to 32-5-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
Middlebury wasted little time as John Sullivan scored just 47 seconds in, tipping in a shot from the point by Evgeny Saidachev. Darwin Hunt made it a 2-0 game at the 6:46 mark as he skated in from the right side, paused, and then quickly snapped a shot over the right shoulder of Kevin Amborski (Bloomfield). Middlebury’s Doug Raeder kept it a 2-0 game just 15 seconds later as he made a big glove save on Kraig Kuzma (Muskegon, Mich.).
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead at 13:11 as Jed McDonald scored his first goal of the season, scoring with a shot from the slot after a rebound. Sam Driver almost made it a 4-0 game just 15 seconds later, but his shot deflected off the post. Scott Bartlett ripped a shot off the pipe later in the period, before Amborski denied John Sales with a nice glove save in the waning moments of the period.
Middlebury went up 4-0 just 2:04 into the second period with a power-play goal. Sam Driver took a feed from Jamie McKenna in the slot, quickly fired a shot that was saved, before putting in his own rebound. Fredonia had a chance at the 4:38 mark, but was unable to muster up any offense on a power play. Middlebury added to its total at 9:35 as Brett Shirreffs hit an open net after Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.), playing in relief of Amborski, gave up a rebound following a shot from Bartlett.
Fredonia had a failed power play at 2:24 before the Panthers ran off three in 1:34, including a pair just 17 seconds apart. Tom Maldonado scored the first with a hard snapper from the left side, before Gilchrist wristed a shot into the top left corner from the slot. Ian Drummond scored his first of the season at 6:37 to end the run, as he snapped in a shot from the left side for a shorthanded goal. Drummond struck again with a 5-on-3 tally 11:52 into the third to wrap up the scoring. Fredonia’s best chance to score came shorthanded at 8:54 as a shot by Pat Capella (Syracuse) hit the pipe.
Six seniors played their final game for the Blue Devils. In addition to Kuzma, Scott Bradley (Belleville, Ont.), Will Barlow (Oakville, Ont.), Joe Muli (Sioux Lookout, Ont.), Kyle Bozoian (St. Charles, Mo.), and Don Jaeger (Grosse Point Woods, Mich.) suited up in the Blue and White for the final time. They appeared in a combined 604 games at Fredonia State.