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Middlebury To Host PrimeLink Tournament - Watch Live! - Result/Stories

November 25, 2008

Middlebury is set to host the 2008 PrimeLink Great Northern shootout on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. Norwich will meet Plattsburgh at 4:00 on Friday, followed by the Middlebury vs. St. Thomas game at 7:00. Saturday's consolation game is at 4:00, followed by the title game at 7:00 p.m.

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GAME ONE - Norwich vs. Plattsburgh
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Plattsburgh scored two third period goals to earn a 3-3 tie with Norwich on day one of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout at Middlebury. The Cadets advance to tomorrow's title game with a 3-0 victory in the shootout. The Cadets will meet the winner of the Middlebury/St. Thomas game at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, while the Cardinals will play in the consolation game at 4:00 p.m. Norwich has five tournament titles, more than any of the participating teams, with just one second place finish.

Norwich took a 1-0 lead 14:58 into the game with a power play goal. Shawn Baker's shot caromed off the back boards to Nick DelGallo, who quickly fed Chad Anderson in front for the tally. The Cadets had a great chance to double their lead as time expired in the first period, but Jim Koehler's shot hit the post.

Norwich made it a 2-0 game at the 8:19 mark of the second period, as Rico Piatelli received a lengthy pass before ripping home a shot from the right side. Plattsburgh got on the board at 12:05 of the period as Vick Schlueter scored on a rebound from the doorstep after a shot from the outside had been saved by Ryan Klingensmith. Norwich regained the two-goal lead with 3:50 left in the period with some great transition passing. Tim Houston left a drop pass down the right wing to Emmond Bell, who made a great pass through the slot to Roman Krivda for the one-timer.

Plattsburgh cut the lead to one at 13:08 as Andrew Willock one-timed a pass from Dylan Clark for the goal. The Cardinals tied the game with just 2:50 left to play as Joey Wilson hit the inside of the post before Phil Farrow slide the rebound under a defender.

Bryan Hince of Plattsburgh ended the game with 21 saves, while Klingensmith made 26 stops for Norwich.

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GAME TWO - St. Thomas vs. Middlebury
Middlebury advanced to the finals of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout with a 5-3 win over St. Thomas in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers will meet Norwich in the finals on Saturday night at 7:00, while the Tommies will take on Plattsburgh at 4:00 in the consolation game.

St. Thomas took a 1-0 lead at the 8:09 mark, as Adam Davis converted a power play goal with a blast from the outside after a feed from Todd Alexander. Middlebury had a nice chance to tie the game on a power play of its own, but Charlie Strauss' first shot was saved before he sent the rebound off the far post.

The Tommies made it a 2-0 game at almost the same time in the second period, as Rob Johnson took a pass from Adam Davis and converted one-on-one with a shot through the five hole. The Panthers got on the board just 1:32 later as Chaz Svoboda snapped a shot to the top left corner after a nice pass from behind the net by John Sullivan. St. Thomas regained the two-goal lead with 1:36 left in the period as Johnson scored his second of the game on the doorstep, after a shot from Davis was saved by Doug Raeder. Middlebury answered just 1:12 later as John Sullivan scored on the power play after a face-off with a quick move down low for the score.

The Panthers were threatening in the third period, as Martin Drolet hit the post seven minutes in, before Sullivan tied the game by putting home his own rebound just 24 seconds later to tie the game at three. Drolet scored the game-winner on the power play for Middlebury with 3:34 left in the game. Michael Krestschmer's shot from the outside went off Svoboda, before the rebound fell to the feet of Drolet for the goal. Raeder made the lead stand up, including a great save on Andrew Kappers with 2:00 left on the power play. Jamie McKenna and Ken Suchoski worked a nice give-and-go for an empty-netter with 10 seconds left to play to make it a 5-3 final.

Raeder made 23 saves in goal to earn the win, while Tyler Chestnut stopped 14 for the Tommies.

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CONSOLATION GAME - Plattsburgh vs. St. Thomas
Plattsburgh picked up a 5-3 win over St. Thomas to take the consolation game of the 11th annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout hosted by Middlebury. The Cardinals remain unbeaten at 7-0-3 on the season, while the Tommies fall to 3-4-1, holding a 35-22 advantage in shots.

The first period was scoreless with St. Thomas holding a 9-7 shots advantage. The Tommies had a great chance to score at the 13-minute mark, but Rob Johnson and Kelly Kranz were both denied by Bryan Hince of Plattsburgh. The Cardinals had apparently taken a 1-0 lead with five minutes left in the period on a goal by Shawn Dennis, but the puck entered the goal through a small hole in the side of the net and was ruled "no goal".

The teams exchanged very similar goals 21 seconds apart in the second period. St. Thomas scored first with a great give-and-go between Ryan Kurtz and Alex Coles, with Coles finishing for his second goal of the season. Plattsburgh returned the favor with the same play, as Kyle Kudroch and Shawn Dennis hooked up, as Kudroch netted his fourth of the year.

Plattsburgh took its first lead of the game at 15:03 as Ryan Corry scored from the high slot after a pass from Dylan Clarke. St. Thomas answered 1:14 later as Rob Johnson came from behind the net to the right face-off circle and snapped a shot to the top right corner of the net. Plattsburgh regained the lead at 18:21 with a blast from the point by Ward Smith on the power play.

Plattsburgh made it a 4-2 game 3:20 into the third as Smith scored his second of the game from the point. St. Thomas got back in the game at 13:08 with a power play goal from Johnson, his fourth tally of the weekend. Hince, who ended the game with 32 saves, made the lead stand up with a great pad save on Andrew Kappers with just over a minute to go. Sean Deichert made 17 stops between the pipes for St. Thomas.

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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Middlebury vs. Norwich
Mason Graddock scored a power play goal on a rebound with 2:51 remaining to lift Middlebury to a 3-2 victory over in-state rival Norwich in the title game of the 11th annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. The title is the fourth for the Panthers, as they move to 4-0 on the season. Norwich falls to 2-1-1 on the year, as the Panthers held a 27-19 shots advantage on the night. Middlebury netminder Doug Raeder took home tournament M.V.P. honors for the Panthers.

Middlebury opened the scoring just 1:19 into the game, as John Sullivan picked up a failed clearing pass and skated in on Ryan Klingensmith, beating him for his third goal of the weekend. The Panthers held an 11-1 shots advantage until Norwich went on a power play at the 13:53 mark. Raeder kept it a one-goal game with a pair of nice saves on the power play, including a pad save on Tyler Stitt. The Cadets went on another power play just 10 seconds after the first had expired and had a third later in the period, but could not score. The period ended with the Panthers holding a 12-4 shots advantage.

Middlebury took a 2-0 lead 3:05 into the second period as Jamie McKenna found the back of the net from the doorstep. Norwich got on the board 1:20 later as Nick DelGallo's shot trickled through the pads of Raeder. The Cadets threatened again six minutes in, as Jim Koehler's shot hit the right post.

Norwich had a golden opportunity to tie the game at the 13:57 mark, as they went on a five minute power play. The Middlebury defense held its ground and allowed just two shots on goal during the power play, taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.

Norwich tied the game at 9:14 as Nikita Kashirsky scored on the power play after a shot from Steve Coon was saved. Middlebury threatened on a power play of its own at 10:36, but could not take the lead until Graddock's game-winner at the 17:09 mark.

Raeder ended the night with 17 saves in goal, while Ryan Klingensmith made 24 saves for the Cadets.

All-Tournament team
#16 Rob Johnson (St. Thomas), #27 Ward Smith (Plattsburgh), #31 Ryan Klingensmith (Norwich), #14 Jamie McKenna (Middlebury), #6 Jack Kinder (Middlebury), MVP-#31 Doug Raeder (Middlebury), Top Rookie-#6 Shawn Baker (Norwich).

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Middlebury opened the scoring just 1:19 into the game, as John Sullivan picked up a failed clearing pass and skated in on Ryan Klingensmith, beating him for his third goal of the weekend. The Panthers held an 11-1 shots advantage until Norwich went on a power play at the 13:53 mark. Raeder kept it a one-goal game with a pair of nice saves on the power play, including a pad save on Tyler Stitt. The Cadets went on another power play just 10 seconds after the first had expired and had a third later in the period, but could not score. The period ended with the Panthers holding a 12-4 shots advantage.

Middlebury took a 2-0 lead 3:05 into the second period as Jamie McKenna found the back of the net from the doorstep. Norwich got on the board 1:20 later as Nick DelGallo's shot trickled through the pads of Raeder. The Cadets threatened again six minutes in, as Jim Koehler's shot hit the right post.

Norwich had a golden opportunity to tie the game at the 13:57 mark, as they went on a five minute power play. The Middlebury defense held its ground and allowed just two shots on goal during the power play, taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.

Norwich tied the game at 9:14 as Nikita Kashirsky scored on the power play after a shot from Steve Coon was saved. Middlebury threatened on a power play of its own at 10:36, but could not take the lead until Graddock's game-winner at the 17:09 mark.

Raeder ended the night with 17 saves in goal, while Ryan Klingensmith made 24 saves for the Cadets.

All-Tournament team
#16 Rob Johnson (St. Thomas), #27 Ward Smith (Plattsburgh), #31 Ryan Klingensmith (Norwich), #14 Jamie McKenna (Middlebury), #6 Jack Kinder (Middlebury), MVP-#31 Doug Raeder (Middlebury), Top Rookie-#6 Shawn Baker (Norwich).

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