#8 Middlebury Drops OT Contest To #10 Williams

Sidney Portner tied the game in Saturday's third period.
Sidney Portner tied the game in Saturday's third period.

Avery Dunn scored 1:54 into overtime, lifting #10 Williams (17-4-3, 10-4-2) to a 2-1 win over Middlebury (14-6-3, 9-5-2) in the regular season finale for both teams. With the two-game sweep, the Ephs have clinched the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Panthers are the #2 seed and will host #7 Connecticut College next Saturday in a quarterfinal contest. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday with a game at Plattsburgh State.

The Ephs scored the first goal of the game at the 17:50 mark of the opening period when Elizabeth Welch scored through the five hole.

Middlebury had a pair of power plays in the second period, but could not get on the board.

The Panthers knotted the game at 1-1 with 6:30 remaining when Sidney Portner scored with an assist from Ellie Barney.

Neither team could find the back of the net through regulation, forcing the contest into overtime.

Less than two minutes in, Dunn found herself with space in the slot and quickly turned and shot low, as her effort found the back of the net for the game winner.

Middlebury held a 28-24 shots advantage in the game, going 0-4 on the power play, while the Ephs were 0-3. Lin Han finished with 22 saves, while Chloe Heiting made 27 stops for the Ephs.