Eric LaFreniere scored the game-winner 6:22 into the third period as Middlebury came from 3-1 down to pick up a 4-3 win over Trinity in Kenyon Arena. The senior snapped a shot from the left face-off circle that slid just inside the left post. Middlebury returns to action when they host Wesleyan on Sunday at 4:00, while Trinity visits Williams.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 12:38 into the game as Brett Shirreffs' shot from the high point deflected into the goal off the glove of Trinity's David Murison. Trinity tied the game at 16:47 as Zachary Wissman roofed a shot on a breakaway after a Middlebury turnover. The Bantams took a 2-1 lead with 1:31 left in the period when Richard Hollstein's shot from the right point was saved by Doug Raeder, before Tom Price pounced on the rebound from the far side.
Trinity increased its lead to 3-1 midway through the second period as Chris Powers drove from the left wing, circled the net and scored on a wrap-around. Middlebury made it a one goal game at 14:08 as Scott Bartlett put home his own rebound for a power play goal. Just 10 seconds later, Tom Maldonado found Sam Driver for a one-timer that tied the game at three.
Trinity held a 12-5 shots advantage in the third period, but could not score the equalizer. Doug Raeder ended the night with 29 saves to earn the win, while Murison made 20 stops for Trinity.
Date: January 27, 2007 - 7:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Trinity (5-8-4) 2 1 0 - 3
Middlebury (10-6-1) 1 2 1 - 4
M-1st (12:38) - Brett Shirreffs (Mickey Gilchrist, Richie Fuld)
T-1st (16:47) - Zachary Wissman
T-1st (18:29) - Tom Price (Richard Hollstein, John Halverson
T-2nd (10:48) - Chris Powers (Josh Rich, Wissman)
M-2nd (14:08) - PP: Scott Bartlett (Gilchrist, Fuld)
M-2nd (14:18) - Sam Driver (Tom Maldonado, Darwin Hunt)
M-3rd (6:22) - Eric LaFreniere
Doug Raeder-M (60 min, 29 saves, 3 GA)
David Murison-T (59:20 min, 20 saves, 4 GA)