Middlebury

Men's Hockey Returns To NCAA Title Game

March 18, 2004

3/19/04 - NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Levi Doria scored the game-winner 7:17 into the second overtime to lift Middlebury College to a 3-2 win over Norwich University in the NCAA Division III men's ice hockey national semifinals at Kreitzberg Arena on Friday night.

Another chapter was added to the Middlebury/Norwich rivalry with an epic semifinals game. Junior Levi Doria (<?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Ripton, Vt.) scored the game-winner 7:17 into the second overtime to lift Middlebury to a 3-2 win over Norwich. Doria wristed the game-winner over Norwich goalie Kevin Schieve's right shoulder from the left face-off circle off, after a perfect pass from senior John Dawson (New Canaan, Conn.).<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Kurtis McLean staked Norwich to a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game, lifting a backhander past Scheuer on a feed from Mario Chinelli. Andrew Senesi scored his second of the tourney and the Cadets' second of the game on a breakaway off a feed from Phil Aucoin at 11:22 of the first period.

First-year player John Sales (Chatham, Ill.) tallied on a backhander for Middlebury in a scramble in front of the net at 15:07 of the second period to cut the Cadets' lead to 2-1. Cooper tied the game with a redirection of Phinney's shot at 14:13 of the third period to force the extra sessions. Scheuer made 44 saves for the Panthers, while Schieve stopped 42 shots for the Cadets. (box)