Middlebury out shot Wesleyan 31-11, but needed a late goal to the tie the game and salvage an overtime tie with the Cardinals. The Panthers had beaten Wesleyan in the 30 previous meetings between the schools.
Neither team could break onto the scoreboard in the first period, with the Panthers holding an 11-2 shots advantage.
Middlebury had a good chance to take the lead at 6:30, but Charlie Townsend's shot was denied from close range by a nice save from Mike Palladino. Wesleyan took advantage of an opportunity at the 8:56 mark, as they took a 1-0 lead. David Layne's shot from the left wing was blocked by a defender, bouncing right to J.J. Evans, who scored with a shot to the top right corner from the slot.
Neither team had great chances through much of the third period, with Middlebury having two power play opportunities. The Panthers took advantage of the second power play, tying the game with just 1:56 remaining. Brett Shirreffs' shot from the top was saved by Palladino, before John Sales jumped on the rebound from the left side and quickly snapped a shot into the back of the net to knot the game at one. Neither team scored in the final 1:56, forcing the contest into overtime. The Panthers held a 12-1 shots advantage in the third period.
Wesleyan had a couple of good chances to score in overtime, the first by Taylor Evans in the first minute, but his stuff attempt following a carom off the boards was denied by Ross Cherry. Mason Graddock had a shot saved by Palladino at 1:30, with Cherry denying Will Bennett from point-blank range three minutes into overtime.
Cherry ended the night with 10 saves, while Palladino made 30.
Date: January 28, 2007 - 4:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Wesleyan (9-4-4) 0 1 0 0 1
Middlebury (10-6-2) 0 0 1 0 1
W-2nd (8:56) - J.J. Evans (David Layne, Will Bennett)
M-3rd (18:04) - PP: John Sales (Brett Shirreffs, Tom Maldonado)
Ross Cherry-M (65 min, 10 saves, 1 GA)
Mike Palladino-W (65 min, 30 saves, 1 GA)