Middlebury was shutout for just the fourth time in its last 183 games as the Panthers dropped a 3-0 contest at Norwich. The game was televised nationally on ESPNU.
The first period saw few scoring opportunities for both teams, with shots tied at five apiece. Norwich scored the only goal of the stanza with 52 seconds remaining as Nikita Kashirsky took advantage of a Middlebury turnover, dodged an opponent, and scored falling to the ice with a shot from the slot.
Norwich came out strong early on in the second period, with a pair of power play opportunities in the first 4:16 of the period. The Cadets took advantage of the first one as Kashirsky scored his second of the game, this time from the right face-off circle to make it a 2-0 game at 1:08. The Cadets continued to pepper the net, with Ross Cherry equal to the task, stopping several quality shots. Middlebury had an ineffective power play at 7:28, with the Cadets putting on a surge late in the period.
Middlebury had some decent scoring opportunities in the third, but could not slide one past David Thompson, who was playing in relief of the injured Chance Gieni. The Cadets gained some breathing room at 14:09 as James Duhammel scored with a slapper from the right face-off circle. Middlebury had one last chance to break up the shutout at 17:41, but the Panthers were unable to find the back of the net.
Cherry ended the day with 25 saves for the Panthers, while Gieni and Thompson combined to make 25 stops for Norwich.
Date: February 4, 2007 - 3:00 p.m
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Middlebury (11-6-2) 0 0 0 - 0
Norwich (14-6) 1 1 1 - 0
N-1st (19:08) - Nikita Kashirsky
N-2nd (1:08) - PP: Kashirsky (Eric Tallent)
N-3rd (14:09) - James Duhammel (Phil Sbrocchi)
Ross Cherry-M (60 min, 25 saves, 3 GA)
Chance Gieni-N (11:33 min., 3 saves, 0 GA)
David Thompson-N (48:27 min., 22 saves, 0 GA)