Middlebury battled back from two, one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 tie with #14 Williams (14-6-2, 10-4-2) on Saturday night in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (8-11-3, 5-8-3) return to action at Hamilton next Friday night, while the Ephs visit Amherst.
Williams scored the game’s first goal shorthanded at the 10:40 mark of the first period. After a nice save by netminder Michael Pinios (27 saves) on Middlebury’s Bret Pastor, the Ephs broke the other way as Wyatt Glover carried the puck in from center ice and scored. Just 30 seconds later, Middlebury took advantage of its power play tying the game at 1-1. Jimmy McKee slid a pass to Kamil Tkaczuk at the right face-off circle, before he wristed a shot into the top of the net.
The chances continued as Pinios denied a bid by Zach Shapiro at 14:40, before Middlebury netminder Brian Ketchabaw (24 saves) made a nice glove save on a shot from Will Somers. Ketchabaw denied another chance a minute later, making a stop on a transition bid from Connor Meike.
In the second period, Ketchabaw flashed the glove on Bobby Beniers to keep the game tied at 1-1. Williams nearly went up a goal at the 13:20 mark, but Marcus Mollica’s shot was saved before Tyler Capello cleared the loose puck off the goal line. The Ephs went up 2-1 at 13:39 when Max Fuld scored from the side of the goal, pounding away at his own rebound before the puck finally slid over the goal line. The Ephs nearly went up 3-1 late, but a two-on-one bid from Tyler Scott was thwarted by Ketchabaw.
Middlebury tied the game midway through the period with the first career goal from Conor Breen. Alex Heinritz sent a pass parallel to the blue line that Breen skated on to, before blasting a slap shot off the back bar. The Panthers went on a power play with 1:04 remaining, but were unable to take the lead, forcing the game into overtime.
The Panthers put a lot of pressure on the Ephs early in the overtime, including a 10-second flurry under a minute into the period that Williams survived. Later in the extra session, Charlie Parsons broke in with some space from along the goal line, but Pinios made the save. Middlebury went back on the power play with 2:18 remaining in the game, but were unable to score the game winner.
Middlebury held a 29-26 shots advantage in the game, as the Panthers went 1-5 on the power play and the Ephs were 0-5.