Williams held off a late charge by Middlebury, as the Ephs (12-10-0, 8-8-0) picked up a 2-1 win in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury goaltender Stephen Klein became the school's all-time leader in saves during the game, making 23 tonight for a career total of 2,050. He surpasses Brent Truchon '92, who made 2,028 saves from 1989-1992. The Panthers (4-16-2, 2-12-2) return to action next Saturday when they host Hamilton at 4:00 p.m., while Williams entertains Amherst at 3:00 p.m.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, with the Panthers garnering the best opportunities. Trevor Turnbull's tip at the 5:30 mark was partially saved, landing just in front of the goal line before being cleared away. Ten minutes later, Kamil Tkaczuk's blast from the right point was waffled away by Williams goaltender Michael Pinios.
Williams took a 1-0 lead 53 seconds into the second period and just six seconds into a power play opportunity. C.J. Shugart redirected in a shot from the top of the zone by Jack McCool. The Ephs nearly made it a 2-0 game at the 14:05 mark, but Peter Christie's bid hit the crossbar. With just 9.8 seconds left in the period, Williams made it a 2-0 game when Shugart netted his team-leading 11th goal of the year. Roberto Cellini gathered a rebound near the goal line and found Shugart at the right point, before he blasted a shot high into the net.
The Panthers nearly got on the board just 21 seconds into the third period when Alex Heinritz's shot hit the crossbar. Middlebury made it a one-goal game at the 8:15 mark of the third period when Heinritz tipped in a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle by David Belluche for a power-play goal.
Middlebury went on the power play with 4:12 remaining, but could not earn the equalizer. The Panthers peppered the Ephs' net in the final two minutes of the game with the extra attacker, but could not overcome the 2-1 deficit.
Williams held a 25-17 shots advantage in the game, as Pinios made 16 saves to earn the win.