Middlebury vs. Williams
April 2, 2008
The Game Story:
Middlebury defeated Williams 7-6 at Kohn Field on Wednesday, improving their overall record to 7-0, and 5-0 in NESCAC action. The fourth-ranked Panthers saw the Ephs (2-4, 1-4) battle back from a three goal deficit in the second half, but Middlebury’s goalie Pete Britt made three of his nine saves in the waning minutes of play to preserve the win.

Williams struck first with a man-up goal by David Hawley at the 9:38 mark in the first quarter. The Ephs’ lead was short lived however, as the Panthers answered on a goal eight seconds later. Dave Campbell won the face-off and quickly fed Pete Smith for the tying tally. Middlebury tacked on a pair of goals later in the first, when Mike Stone slipped one past Williams’ goalie Michael Gerbush with 1:52 on the clock. Less than a minute later, Smith fed a cutting Rory Sanborn for a 3-1 lead.

The Ephs tied the game at three apiece with a pair of goals in the second quarter. Richard Reuter’s goal cut it to 3-2 with 13:35 left, while Ryan Powell’s transition goal knotted the game at the 6:42 mark. The Panthers responded with another goal by Stone and a man-up goal by Matt Ferrer, taking a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Jim Cabrera’s laser from the right side gave Middlebury a three goal lead with 11:42 left in the third. Williams cut it to 6-4 on Hawley’s second goal of the game, ending the scoring in the third quarter. Moments into the fourth, Corey Jacobs won the initial face-off and scampered down to the crease firing a shot past Britt, cutting the lead to 6-5 with 14:53 left in the game. Midway through the fourth, Ferrer collected a pass from Smith and shot one between the legs of Gerbush for a 7-5 lead.

With less than three minutes to play, Britt stopped a pair of Eph shots before Michael Vrla’s goal cut the Middlebury lead to one with 1:02 remaining. Williams won the ensuing face-off and Powell ripped off a shot at the goal, but Britt made the save, securing the win for the Panthers.

Stone led the way for the Panthers, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist, while Smith added a goal and two assists and Ferrer racked up two tallies. Hawley paced Williams with two goals as four other Ephs scored goals. Britt stopped nine shots and allowed six goals for Middlebury, while Gerbush had 11 saves and gave up seven goals for Williams.