Fuld's Late Goal Lifts Middlebury Over N.E.C.

January 22, 2005

1/22/05 - Middlebury's Richie Fuld scored with 1:53 left in the game to give Middlebury a 4-3 win over <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />New England College. The goal came when Fuld hit an open net from the far side after a save on a wrap-around shot by Jed McDonald. The tally was the first of the season for the sophomore, playing in his fifth game.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 4:07 into the game as Darwin Hunt found the back of the net after a scramble in front. New England College tied the game at 10:40 as Jeremy Koning poked home a rebound after Ross Cherry made a save on Jeremy Koning. The Panthers came back to take a one-goal lead with 1:35 left in the period as Samuel Driver scored with a wrister from the left face-off circle.

Following a scoreless second period, the Pilgrims tied the game 2:30 into the third period with a power play goal. Nick Warriner skated in from the right side and found an open Rashaun Ewing on the doorstep for the one-time deflection to tie the game at two. Middlebury regained the lead with a power play goal of its own at 5:49 as John Sales put home a rebound from the slot after a save on a Brian Phinney blast. N.E.C. had an answer as Greg Tam snapped a shot into the top right corner from the top of the left face-off circle, setting up Fuld's game-winner.

Cherry made 27 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Scott Gray made 27 stops for New England College.

Date: January 22, 2005 - 4:00 p.m

Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

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TEAM  1  2  3  OT  F

N.E.C (8-8)  1  0  2  -  3

Middlebury (9-2-1)  2  0  2  -  4


M-1st (4:07) - Darwin Hunt (Richie Fuld)

N-1st (10:40) - Jeremy Koning (Jeff Vandyke, Mike Carmody)

M-1st (18:25) - Samuel Driver (Hunt, Jed McDonald)

N-3rd (2:30) - PP: Rashaun Ewing (Nick Warriner, Anders Johnasson)

M-3rd (5:49) - PP: John Sales (Brian Phinney, Tom Maldonado)

N-3rd (8:21) - Greg Tam (Jeremy Konig, Nick Fouts)

M-3rd (18:07) - Fuld (McDonald, Hunt)


Ross Cherry-M (60 min., 27 saves, 3 GA)

Scott Gray (60 min, 27 saves, 4 GA)