Despite out shooting Williams 40-20, Middlebury came up on the short end of a 6-3 game at the Kenyon Arena. The three consecutive losses are the first for Middlebury, since dropping games to Plattsburgh, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and St. Norbert in '99-'00. The loss also snaps an 18-game unbeaten streak at Kenyon Arena, dating back to a 1/17/04 loss to Colby.
Tim Graham put the Panthers on the board just 56 seconds into the game as his rocket from the left face-off circle went through the pads of Brad Shirley.
Williams tied the game just 2:19 into the second period, when Matt McCarthy beat Yen-I Chen from just inside the blue line with a slapper to the left side. The Ephs took a 2-1 lead at 5:55 as Brandon Jackmuff was able to poke the puck away from Chen and into the net for the power play tally. The Panthers tied the game at 8:43 when Tom Maldonado snapped in a wrister from the right face-off circle. Middlebury regained the lead at 14:23 as Nugent circled the net and made a great pass through the crease to Robert MacIntyre, who finished for the 3-2 lead. The Ephs answered right back as Jackmuff scored his second of the game at 17:27 with a pair of great moves in the crease.
Following a five-goal second period, Williams took a 4-3 lead in the third when Steve Baldassarri scored on a great cross-crease feed from Dennis Kim. The lead grew to 5-3 at 11:21 when Kevin Child converted a breakaway with a nifty move on Chen. Williams sealed the game with 1:25 left as Matt McCarthy put home rebound to make it a 6-3 final.
Chen ended the game with 14 saves, while Shirley made 37 stops for the Ephs.