Middlebury advanced to the finals of the 16th annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic with a 6-4 win over Brockport. The Panthers will take on Lake Forest, a 6-3 winner over Skidmore, in the title game Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Brockport meets Skidmore in the consolation game at 4:00 p.m.
Middlebury jumped out just 27 seconds into the game as Ken Suchoski scored on a rebound. Chaz Svoboda scored on a similar goal 1:04 later, as the power play tally gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead just 1:31 into the game. Brockport made it a 2-1 game at 4:20 as Steve Seedhouse scored after a nice give-and-go with Tom Crowley. Aaron Boyer scored on a rebound at 12:01 to tie the game at two. The Panthers regained the lead at 14:26 as Mickey Gilchrist converted a cross-crease pass from Jamie McKenna for a power play goal.
Middlebury took a 4-2 lead 8:45 into the second period as Mickey Gilchrist scored after a feed from Trevor Dodds for a power play goal. Boyer answered for Brockport, making it a 4-3 game at 14:36, as he finished a rebound after a shot from Seedhouse was saved.
Mac Cummins found John Sullivan to make it a 5-3 game 3:23 into the third period, before Lucas Schott ripped a shot into the top corner of the net to cut the advantage to 5-4 at 8:29.
Suchoski gave Middlebury some breathing room with 2:16 remaining as he scored after a great feed from Scott Bartlett. Doug Raeder ended the night with 13 saves to earn the win for Middlebury, while Greg Van't Hof made 35 for the Golden Eagles.
Date: January 4, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Brockport (3-7-2) 2 1 1 - 5
Middlebury (4-2-1) 3 1 2 - 6
M-1st (:27) - Ken Suchoski (Scott Bartlett, Michael Kretschmer)
M-1st (1:31) - PP: Chaz Svoboda (Jamie McKenna, Tom Maldonado)
B-1st (4:20) - Steve Seedhouse (Tom Crowley)
B-1st (12:01) - Aaron Boyer (Jason Dolgy, Gentry Zollars)
M-1st (14:26) - PP: Mickey Gilchrist (Jamie McKenna, Svoboda)
M-2nd (8:45) - PP: Gilchrist (Trevor Dodds, Maldonado)
B-2nd (14:36) - 4on4: Boyer (Seedhouse)
M-3rd (3:23) - John Sullivan (Mac Cummins, Casey Ftorek)
B-3rd (8:29) - Lucas Schott (Max Gershon)
M-3rd (17:44) - Suchoski (Bartlett, Jed McDonald)
Greg Van't Hof-B (58:30 min., 35 saves, 6 GA)
Doug Raeder-M (60 min., 13 saves, 4 GA)