Youthful Panthers await hockey season

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The Middlebury College men’s hockey team begins its pursuit of a NESCAC championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III championship with games at Tufts on Friday and Connecticut College on Saturday.

The Panthers reached the NESCAC championship game in February but lost not only a title but an appearance in the D-III tourney.

This year, head coach Bill Beaney (right) faces the challenge of integrating many new faces into the Panthers’ lineup. Listen to his take on the challenges of the Upcoming season.

Team captain John Sullivan (left) says the young players bring an energy the Panthers need after the last players with a link to Middlebury last national championship have graduated. Listen here: Captain John Sullivan.

Assistant captain Charlie Townsend, says, among other things, that the Panthers are working hard at improving the defense: Asst. captain Charlie Townsend.

With four-year veteran Doug Raeder having graduated, sophomore John Yanchek is ready to assume the task of providing the quality goaltending Middlebury will need. Goaltender John Yanchek.

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