Middlebury earned a split of a two-game set with Williams (12-7-3, 9-5-2), topping the Ephs 3-1 in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (11-9-2, 10-4-2) have now won five of their last six games, returning to action next Friday at Hamilton.
Middlebury’s Brendan McGovern had a good look early, but his shot hit the right post 3:10 into the contest. Matt Silcoff scored his ninth of the year for the Panthers at the 10:38 mark, crashing the net after Mathieu Castonguay’s shot had been saved by Sean Dougherty (22 saves).
The Panthers took a 2-0 advantage just 1:04 into the second period with the second of the year from Riley Dickey. Louis Belisle’s shot on the left wing in transition was saved by Dougherty, before Dickey buried the rebound on the far side. McGovern was unlucky for the second time in the game 3:20 into the second period, hitting the pipe once again.
Williams got on the board midway through the second period at 9:30 with the fourth of the year from Cody Skinner. Nice passing between Mike Erickson and John Wickman set up the goal, with Skinner scoring from the high slot area.
The Panthers took a 3-1 lead 2:28 into the third period. Brendan McGovern made a pass from the left boards to Ben Wiggins in the high slot, before Wiggins snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net for his fifth of the season.
The Ephs threatened 9:00 into the period with a pair of shots from Evan Dugdale, but Mike Peters (26 saves) denied both to keep it a 3-1 game. Williams pulled Dougherty with 2:12 remaining following a Middlebury timeout, but could not cut into the lead.