Middlebury got back on the winning track with three third period goals on its way to a 7-4 win over St. Michael's in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers used six different goals scorers in the game, as they outshot the Purple Knights 39-13.
Middlebury held a 1-0 lead in the first period before St. Michael's scored a pair in 1:03 to take a 2-1 lead at the 12:03 mark. Justin Gaines tied the game for Middlebury as he put home a rebound after a shot from Bryan Curran for a power play goal.
St. Michael's regained the lead on a goal from Alex Higgins just 3:58 into the second period. Middlebury would then score the game's next five goals to take a commanding 7-3 lead. Curran and Sullivan scored just 1:03 apart in the second to make it a 4-3 game. Chaz Svoboda and Casey Ftorek scored third period power play goals, with Sullivan's second sandwiched in between to give Middlebury a 7-3 lead. Jean-Maxime Legare scored the game's final goal for St. Michael's with a blast from the left face-off circle.
Doug Raeder and Ross Cherry combined to make nine saves on the night, while Tyler Bilton and Brendan Rimmer made 32 stops for the Purple Knights.
Date: February 8, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
St. Michael's (9-9-1) 2 1 1 - 4
Middlebury (114-3-2) 2 2 3 - 7
M-1st (6:08) - Leonard Badeau (Charlie Townsend)
S-1st (10:59) - PP: Matt Hall (Paul Nannicelli, Alex Higgins)
S-1st (12:02) - John Burns (Ryan Mero)
M-1st (12:00) - PP: Justin Gaines (Bryan Curran, Scott Bartlett)
S-2nd (3:58) - Alex Higgins
M-2nd (10:03) - Curran (Bartlett)
M-2nd (11:06) - John Sullivan
M-3rd (7:48) - PP: Chaz Svoboda (Mack Cummins)
M-3rd (9:56) - Sullivan (Ken Suchoski, Svoboda)
M-3rd (11:56) - PP: Casey Ftorek (Cummins, Ross Cherry
S-3rd (16:28) - Jean-Maxime Legare (Patrick McGuird, Brett Peryer)
Doug Raeder-M (23:58 min., 4 saves, 3 GA), Ross Cherry-M (36:02 min., 5 saves, 1 GA)
Tyler Bilton-S (51:56 min., 29 saves, 7 GA), Brendan Rimmer-S (8:04 min., 3 saves, 0 GA)