Middlebury led 3-0 and held off a late surge by St. John's as the Panthers picked up a 4-3 win in the consolation game of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout at Plattsburgh.
Middlebury came out strong, out-shooting St. John's 17-5 in the first period. Charlie Townsend got things going with a power play goal just 2:09 into the game. Jamie McKenna made it a 2-0 game at 12:16, while Mason Graddock added a power play tally just 2:04 later.
An even second period saw St. John's score twice, 1:12 apart, to make it a one-goal game.
The Johnnies tied the game just 3:34 into the third period. Mickey Gilchrist scored the game-winner at the 6:47 mark to give the Panthers a 4-3 win.
Townsend and Graddock ended the night with a goal and an assist apiece, while Ross Cherry made 20 saves in goal.
McKenna was named to the all-tournament team.