The Middlebury men's hockey team earned its second-straight shutout victory, topping 14th-ranked Williams (13-6-2, 9-5-1) by a score of 2-0 in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (9-9-3, 6-6-3) return to action on Saturday night as the home-and-home series moves to Williamstown with a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.
Williams had a great chance to score 4:10 into the contest, but Don Doherty's bid on a feed from Colby Cretella was denied by a nice save from Panther netminder Stephen Klein. Middlebury broke through with the only goal of the period less than two minutes later at 5:57. Evan Neugold found some space on the right side from point-blank range but saw his shot denied by Sean Dougherty. The rebound sat near the goal line as Neugold poked it in for his seventh of the season just before the net came off its moorings. The period ended with Middlebury holding a 17-4 shot advantage.
Williams nearly tied the game just 30 seconds into the second period when Cretella's shot went through Klein, but was cleared off the goal line by Terrance Goguen. The Panthers took a two-goal lead 4:21 into the second period with the fifth of the season for Ronald Fishman. Mike Najjar tracked down a puck on the right side and threw it towards the goal where Dougherty saved it, with the puck squirting to Fishman, who finished from the slot.
Klein made another big save early in the third, stopping an attempt by Tyler Young after a nice centering feed from George Hunkele. Dougherty was equal to the task on the other end at the 4:30 mark, stopping George Ordway in transition. Each team had a failed power play, before a great poke-check by Fishman denied Frankie Mork at the 15:40 mark.
Williams went on the power play with 2:22 remaining and pulled Dougherty with 1:20 left, but could not get on the board.
The Panthers finished with a 36-22 shots advantage as Klein made 22 stops to earn his third shutout of the season. Dougherty made 34 stops between the pipes for the Ephs.