Men's Hockey Drops Overtime Decision at Williams

Vincent Gisonti netted his fourth goal of the season on Friday.
Vincent Gisonti netted his fourth goal of the season on Friday.

Williams' Colby Cretella scored with 10 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Ephs to a 2-1 NESCAC victory over Middlebury (4-15-2, 2-11-2) on Friday in Massachusetts. The teams complete their two-game set on Saturday, with a 7:00 p.m. faceoff in Kenyon Arena.

Williams (11-10-0, 7-8-0) held a territorial advantage in the opening period, holding a 15-3 edge in shots. Special teams were prominent, as the Panthers were a perfect 3-3 on the penalty kill and the Ephs erased two Middlebury opportunities.

The visitors opened the scoring at the 10:31 mark of the middle stanza on an unassisted goal by Vincent Gisonti. The Panther pounced on a turnover, moved into the left circle and wristed a shot over the left shoulder of Eph goalie Stephen Morrissey. Williams tied the contest with 2:20 left in the period when C.J. Shugart came out from behind the net on the right side and used a screen in front to slip a shot past Middlebury's Stephen Klein.

The teams were scoreless in the third period, with the hosts holding a slight 8-5 advantage in shots.

In overtime, Shugart had a quality chance to win the game less than two minutes into the five-minute extra session from the slot, but Klein made a save. Needing an extra point in the standings for a playoff push, the Panthers pulled Klein with 30 seconds remaining with a faceoff at Williams' end of the ice. Cretella scored the deciding goal into the empty net with 10 seconds remaining, after Tyler Scott won the puck on a clear.

Klein recorded 41 saves, moving into second place on Middlebury's all-time save list with 2,027. He enters tomorrow's game one behind the all-time leader Brent Truchon (1989-92). Morrissey collected 20 saves as the hosts held a 43-21 advantage in shots. Williams was 0-6 on the power play and the Panthers were scoreless in five chances.