MIDDLEBURY, CT -- The Middlebury Panthers (9-9-3, 6-6-3 NESCAC) shutout the Ephs (13-6-2, 9-5-1 NESCAC) 2-0 tonight in Kenyon Arena. Evan Neugold scored for the Panthers early in the first, and Ronald Fishman scored for the Panthers early in the second to round out the scoring for the night. Middlebury's goaltender Stephen Klein made twenty-two saves to complete his shutout. While senior goaltender Sean Dougherty for the Ephs made thirty-four saves, the team lacked in the offensive zone, and were unable to get on the board.
This is the first time these two teams have met this season. The teams will play each other again tomorrow night in Williamstown at the Lansing Chapman Rink at 7:00 PM. Middlebury came into this match with a 8-9-3 overall record, with a 5-6-3 record in the NESCAC. Williams came into this match with a 13-5-2 overall record, and were 9-4-1 in the conference.
In net for the Ephs in this match was goaltender Sean Dougherty, who had a .920 save percentage coming into this game. Stephen Klein was the netminder for Middlebury tonight, who had a .922 save percentage coming into this game.
Only Middlebury was able to get on the board in the first. The first goal of the game came at 5:57, when Evan Neugold scored his seventh goal of the year, getting one past Dougherty. Neugold was assisted on the play by Terrance Goguen (3rd assist) and Brendan McGovern (5th assist).
The first period ended with the Panthers having a 1-0 lead. In addition to the score, Middlebury commanded the offensive opportunities in the first, leading in shots 17-4.
Middlebury scored early on in the second period to make the game 2-0. At 4:12 into the period, Ronald Fishman (5th goal) recovered a rebound and one-timed a shot that got past goaltender Sean Dougherty. Mike Najjar (9th assist) had the first shot attempt on the play that led to the pad deflection and ensuing goal, earning him an assist on the play. This was the only goal of the period.
The second period ended with a score of 2-0 in favor of Middlebury. The Panthers still outshot the Ephs 13-8 in the period, making the shots on goal 20-12 overall.
The first penalty of the game came at 7:04 of the third, when Max Greenwald went to the penalty box for tripping. Williams was unable to capitalize on this opportunity, however.
The Panthers went on the power play next at 10:32, when sophomore Frankie Mork was called for holding. Williams effectively killed this power play, keeping the game at 2-0.
Williams went on the power play again at 17:38, when Ron Fishman was called to the box for interference. The Ephs were unable to score on this power play opportunity, and for the remainder of the game.
The final score remained to be 2-0, with the final count for shots on goal was 36-22. This victory for the Panthers brings their overall record to 9-9-3, and 6-6-3 in the NESCAC. This loss for Williams brings their overall record this season to 13-6-2, and 9-5-1 in the conference.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow night in Williamstown at 7:00 PM.
Comments will be added from head coach Bill Kangas when received.