Middlebury earned a 1-1 road tie at Williams in a game played Friday night in Lansing Chapman Rink. The Panthers (8-10-3, 6-7-2 NESCAC) will host game two of the series on Saturday night, as the Ephs (13-5-3, 9-3-3 NESCAC) come to Kenyon Arena for a 7:00 p.m. start.
Williams nearly notched a tally just over five minutes into the game, when Zander Masucci’s shot from the point went past Panther goaltender Liam Moorfield-Yee, but rang off the crossbar.
Each team had multiple power play opportunities in the second period, but could not take advantage. With a minute left in the period, the Ephs had the best scoring chance of the game when George Hunkele came in alone from the blue line on a broken play. He snapped a shot over Moorfield-Yee, but again the cross bar was his friend as the game remained scoreless.
Middlebury took advantage of a turnover just 1:02 into the third period. George Ordway took a quick wraparound attempt that trickled through Sean Dougherty on the short side to break the scoreless contest. The goal was the fourth of the season for Ordway.
The lead did not last long as Williams capitalized on a power play two minutes later. Frankie Mork made a great cross-ice pass to Nick Anderson for a one-timer. Moorfield-Yee made the initial stop on a slick sliding save, but the rebound was lying in the crease for Hunkele to swipe home and knot the score at one.
Each squad traded quality chances as the period went on with Dougherty denying a couple nice chances on a power play during the final few minutes of action, sending the contest into overtime.
The uneventful extra session saw neither team with any great scoring opportunities as the contest concluded in a 1-1 tie. Williams finished the contest with a 24-21 edge in shots.