Middlebury broke a two-game losing skid as they picked up a 3-1 win over Williams in a NESCAC contest at the Kenyon Arena. The Panthers return to action Friday and Saturday when they host N.E.C. and St. Anselm.
The first period saw few good scoring opportunities for either team, with Middlebury holding a 10-5 shots advantage. The Ephs' best chance came as Chris DeBaere was stopped on a breakaway by Ross Cherry. The Panthers' best chance came with less than two minutes remaining in the period as Mickey Gilchrist's shot from point-blank range was stopped by Mark Pulde.
Williams took a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the second period as Brett Haraguchi scored from the slot after a shot from the right point by Colin Greenhalgh was saved by Cherry. Middlebury tied the game with 1:16 left in the period as Brett Shirreffs' shot from the left side deflected in off a defender's skate.
The Panthers scored the game-winner 7:25 into the third period as Sam Driver intercepted a clearing pass as the Ephs were attempting to ice the puck. Driver found Evgeny Saidachev, who quickly wristed a shot past Pulde from just inside the blue line. The lead grew to 3-1 just 1:09 later as Jamie McKenna made a quick pass ahead to John Sales who scored falling to the ice from the slot.
Cherry ended the night with 20 saves to earn the win, while Pulde made 29 in a losing effort.
Date: January 16, 2007 - 7:00 p.m
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Williams (4-7-1) 0 1 0 - 1
Middlebury (8-5-1) 0 1 2 - 3
W-1st (6:28) - Brett Haraguchi (Colin Greenhalgh, Steve Bruch)
M-2nd (18:44) - Brett Shirreffs
M-3rd (7:25) - Evgeny Saidachev (Sam Driver)
M-3rd (8:34) - John Sales (Jamie McKenna)
Ross Cherry-M (60 min, 20 saves, 1 GA)
Mark Pulde-W (59 min, 29 saves, 3 GA)