Men's Hockey Handles Williams

February 9, 2012

Middlebury won its third straight NESCAC game as the Panthers picked up a 5-1 win at Williams (10-6-5) on Thursday night. Middlebury (10-8-3) controlled the game, holding a 48-23 shots advantage in the contest. The Panthers and Ephs will meet again on Saturday night in Middlebury at 7:00 p.m.

With 4:13 remaining in the first, Middlebury broke the tie with a rebound goal from Charles Nerbak. Eph goaltender Ryan Purdy stopped an initial shot from George Ordway on the left side, but Nerbak pounced on the rebound in front of the net to put Middlebury ahead 1-0 heading into the first break.

The Panthers came out firing in the second period, putting several shots on net and cashing in on rebound opportunities. Their first strike came at the 17:31 mark off a faceoff win in the Eph defensive zone. Following the faceoff win, Thomas Freyre found Ordway in front of the net. Ordway drifted to the left slot and fired a wrist shot past Purdy's right pad to extend the Panther lead to 2-0.

The Ephs got a chance on the power play three minutes later, but a strong Middlebury penalty kill limited Williams to zero shots on the man-advantage.

With five minutes left in the frame, Alex Walsh took a pass from Robbie Donahoe and deposited a wrist shot from the right circle to put Middlebury up 3-0.

Less than three minutes later, the Panthers took advantage of yet another rebound opportunity when Martin Drolet stuffed in an open puck on the left side of the crease. 

Just one minute into the third period, David Jarrett cut into the lead with the Ephs' lone goal of the night. Assisting on the play was Steinig, who found Jarrett in the left slot for a wrist shot goal to make the score 4-1.

The Panthers would not be denied, however, stamping out any chance of a comeback with a goal at the 13-minute mark.Purdy made the initial save on a shot from senior Charlie Strauss, but Michael Griffin corralled the puck and flipped it over a diving Purdy to settle the score at 5-1.

Purdy finished the night with 43 saves on 48 shots in 60 minutes of play, while Middlebury goalie Dan Fullam stopped 22 of 23 shots in 60 minutes of play.