The Middlebury men's hockey team earned a 2-2 road tie at Connecticut College (1-3-2, 0-1-2) on Friday night. The Panthers (1-2-2, 1-0-2) tied the game with their netminder pulled and just 49 seconds remaining. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. face-off at Tufts.
Mark Lyman opened the scoring for the Panthers with his first career goal 17:40 into the opening period. Lyman corralled a rebound on a shot that was fired by Mike Najjar and found the back of the net.
The Camels took a 2-1 lead in the second period with a pair of goals from Joe Birmingham, both assisted by Joe Giordano. The first goal came on a rebound at 10:30, while the second came from a shot in the slot at the 18:11 mark.
The lead held until the final minute when Middlebury goaltender Liam Moorfield-Yee headed to the bench in favor of an extra attacker. Vincent Gisonti scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to tie the game and force the contest into an extra session. Max Greenwald fired the puck from the point to the left circle where Gisonti redirected it into the near post side of the goal.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra five minutes, leaving the contest in a 2-2 tie.
Conn. College possessed a narrow one-shot edge in the game, holding a 39-38 advantage. Moorfield-Yee finished with 37 saves between the pipes, while Tom Conlin made 36 for the home team.
Friday's game was the second time in seven days the teams had met, with the Camels earning a 1-0 win at Norwich in the third-place game of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout last Saturday.