Wesleyan Tops Men's Hockey In OT

January 6, 2012

After earning its first win against Middlebury in 35 tries a year ago, Wesleyan won its second straight game against the Panthers, topping them 5-4 in overtime in Kenyon Arena. James Albrecht scored the game-winner 3:38 into the extra session, breaking in all alone with a nice forehand-to-backhand move. Wesleyan improves to 8-3 with the win, while #15 Middlebury falls to 5-4-2. Both teams return to action tomorrow with the Cardinals visiting Williams and the Panthers hosting Trinity.

Middlebury opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the game when Michael Griffin scored with a wrister to the top shelf from the top of the left circle. Wesleyan answered with a breakaway goal from Keith Buehler just 12 seconds later, his seventh of the year with a wrister low over the blocker of John Yanchek (24 saves). The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead on a tip in by John Guay at 14:41, before Nick Craven made it a 3-1 game with 2:10 left in the period.

Middlebury scored twice in a 51 second span midway through the second period to tie the game at three. Trevor Pollock found Charles Nerbak on the power play at 11:37, with a lengthy rush ending with a wrister into the back of the net from the left side. The second goal came when Chris Brown tied the game on a rebound at 12:28.

The Panthers took their first lead of the game just 44 seconds into the third period, with Charlie Strauss tipping in a shot from Chris Steele. Wesleyan tied the game with just 3:23 remaining when Buehler netted his second of the night and eighth of the season with a top shelf wrist shot from the slot. The late goal forced the game into overtime where Albrecht struck at the 3:38 mark.

Middlebury held a 36-29 shots advantage in the game, with Glenn Stowell making 32 to saves to earn the win.

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