Men's Hockey Holds Off Williams
February 11, 2012
Middlebury topped Williams for the second time in three days as the Panthers (11-8-3, 10-5-1) picked up a 3-2 victory over the Ephs (10-7-5, 7-7-2) in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury remains unbeaten in its last five (4-0-1) games, all of them in NESCAC play, while Williams is winless (0-5-1) in its last six.
Middlebury jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:54 into the game as Tucker Donahoe scored from the right side past a screened Ryan Purdy. The first period ended with Williams holding an 11-9 shots advantage, trailing 1-0.
The Panthers again struck early in the second period, this one coming at the 3:32 mark. Mike Longo fed Tom Freyre, who scored with a knuckler from the left side that found its way into the back of the net. Middlebury netminder Dan Fullam (26 saves) kept it a 2-0 game by denying Nick Anderson on a breakaway at the 11:40 mark. The Panthers held a 9-3 advantage in shots in the second period.
Middlebury extended its lead to three 7:07 into the third period, when Trevor Pollock scored his third of the year on a rebound for the power play tally. Williams broke up the shutout at 9:32 as Peter Mistretta scored from a tough angle along the goal line after his initial shot had been saved.
The Ephs made it a one-goal game late, with Bryden McGhee finishing off a scramble in front with just 46 seconds remaining. Williams tried to pull goalkeeper Ryan Purdy (23 saves) in the final seconds, but could not get the puck of their own zone for the extra attacker.
Williams outshot Middlebury 11-8 in the third period and 28-26 in the game.