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2019-20 MEN'S HOCKEY preview

The Middlebury men’s hockey team heads into the 2019-20 season after seeing significant improvement last winter with four wins more than the previous campaign and also earned a spot in the NESCAC Tournament. Building off those positive successes and utilizing that momentum, the team aspires to continue ascending the NESCAC standings this winter.

Head Coach Neil Sinclair

Led by head coach Neil Sinclair, who begins his fifth year since coming back to the program, the Panthers return a solid nucleus of players from a team that graduated just four skaters and welcomes seven new faces to the lineup.

Michael Fahie

The team returns five of its top-seven scorers from the 2018-19 season, led by junior Michael Fahie and senior captain Owen Powers. Fahie had four-consecutive games of two or more points in late November and early December last winter, including a three-point effort (2-1-3) in a home win against Tufts.

Owen Powers

Powers produced the game-winning goal during the Panther’s victory against Plattsburgh State in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout, as well as in the win against Johnson & Wales in the Middlebury Holiday Classic.

Mitchell Allen

Senior forward Mitchell Allen was also a key contributor last winter. Skating in all 25 games, Allen recorded two goals during a home NESCAC victory over Bowdoin. Classmate Danny Tighe, along with juniors Matt Danner and Charlie Parsons each saw extended ice time last season.

Brendan Dawson

Joining that group will be a large contingent of sophomores, who each had solid first winters in the blue and white uniform. Cole Joslin had two assists in his first collegiate game at Colby and recorded the game-winning goal against Connecticut College in late November, while Tyler Capello posted a two-goal output at Plattsburgh State. Emack Bentley, Zach Shapiro and Alex Lee will also comprise this unit and each will be leaned on for significant minutes and production this winter.

Brett Dineen

On the Panther blue line, the Panthers will turn to senior assistant captains Brendan Dawson and Brett Dineen, along with junior Alex Heinritz and sophomores Bret Pastor and Conor Breen. This defensive group played significant roles last season and along with some first-year players, will battle for shifts and ice time.

Brian Ketchabaw

Between the pipes, senior Brian Ketchabaw and sophomore Adam Wisco, along with a first-year goalie will battle for the job. A season ago, Ketchabaw started 14 games, while Wisco logged 11 starts for the Panthers.

The Panthers’ schedule this winter has a handful of nationally-ranked teams in addition to the NESCAC double round-robin format. The slate opens with a two-game conference home weekend with Bowdoin and Colby on November 15-16. Two weeks later, the Panthers take part in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout on November 29-30 hosted by Plattsburgh State. Middlebury starts 2020 by hosting the Middlebury Holiday Classic (January 3-4) with St. Michael’s, Manhattanville and Babson.