Men's Hockey Edges St. Michael's
February 2, 2007
Middlebury scored three third period goals and was able to hold on despite a late surge from St. Michael's at they picked up a 3-2 road win.
For the Panthers (11-6-2, 7-5-0 NESCAC), Mickey Gilchrist scored a power play goal and added an assist, while John Sales and Charlie Townsend posted a goal apiece. Doug Raeder made 19 saves in net with nine coming in the third period.
For the Purple Knights (6-13-0, 4-12-0 ECAC), Hall tallied two goals. Erik Smith pushed aside 32 shots, including 14 in a scoreless first period for Middlebury.
Saint Michael's struck first with a power play goal from Hall after nice tape-to-tape passing with Mero sending a cross-ice pass to Hall and the shot went off the shoulder of the goaltender and into the net.
The Purple Knights continued to play tough defense in the second period, killing off a five minute major and a two minute 5-on-3 advantage for Middlebury. Saint Michael's also had two chances of their own with Mero breaking all alone on one, but Raeder was up to the task and made the stop. The other chance came later in the second with Silver skating in from the blue line, he fed a pass to Mero and he lunged forward with his stick, but it was tipped wide of the net. Smith once again played well in net stopping multiple opportunities for the Panthers.
Middlebury evened the score at one two minutes into the third on a power play goal from Sales when he beat the goaltender after a lengthy rush on the net fro the Panthers. Middlebury went up 2-1, after Smith made an initial save, but Townsend controlled the puck and tucked it between Smith's pads from the slot for the score.
Middlebury added another goal on the power play just 30 seconds later on a goal from Gilchrist. Saint Michael's got back in the game with Hall's second of the game when he fired a slapshot from the blue line through traffic and into the top of net. The Purple Knights pulled the goalie with 47 seconds remaining, but could not get the equalizer as Middlebury edged out the victory.