Middlebury vs Williams — 12-05-2021

The Middlebury men’s hockey team (0-2) came up short against Williams at home on Sunday, falling 3-2. The Panthers head to Amherst on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop, while the Ephs (4-2) host Hamilton on the same night.

Middlebury had a great chance to score with 5:14 expired in the opening stanza. With Williams goaltender Cal Sandquist outside of the crease, Zach Shapiro fired a shot from the doorstep, but Henry Wil Muller was there to block the opportunity.

The Panthers broke through during a power play at the 10:44 mark. EMack Bentley sent a pass from behind the goal to Cole Joslin in the slot. Joslin’s initial shot was denied by Sandquist, but Andrej Hromic was there to slide the rebound into the goal to make it 1-0.

Williams knotted the game with a shorthanded tally with under five minutes remaining in the first period. Sean Clarke intercepted a Middlebury pass in transition and had his bid thwarted by Panther goalie Adam Wisco, but Williams Karamanis tucked the rebound inside the left pipe to make it 1-1.

Both teams had several quality chances during the middle frame, but neither was able to break the tie. A five-minute was called on Middlebury with just 16 ticks elapsed. The Ephs looked to capitalize on the power play just 30 seconds later, but Wisco turned away the bid with a nice stick save. Jin Lee had a great chance to tally a shorthanded marker at the 2:09 mark, but Sandquist sprawled out and kicked away the puck with his skate to keep the contest knotted. Williams had a final chance during the power play, but Antoine Belisle laid out to block Jack Forest’s shot and kill off the penalty.

The Ephs scored a pair of quick tallies during the third period to take a 3-1 lead. The first came with 8:41 expired when Jack Sabre one-timed a pass from Jamie Cates in the slot, tucking the puck under the crossbar. Just seven seconds later, Williams struck again. Forest intercepted a pass, before firing a shot from the right faceoff circle to give the Ephs a two-goal cushion.

Middlebury cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 13:19 mark after an initial shot by Belisle was stopped by Sandquist. There was a scramble in front of the net for a few seconds, before Tyler Capello tipped in the loose puck. The Panthers had a chance to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining when Lee wrapped around the goal, but Sandquist was there to thwart the chance and secure the 3-2 win for Williams.

Wisco made 22 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Sandquist stopped 29 shots to earn the win for the Ephs. The Panthers held a 28-25 edge in shots during the contest.