AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst and Middlebury blasted 75 shots at each other in 65 minutes of play to finish off the regular season with a 4-4 overtime tie. Amherst took a 2-0 lead out of the first period before the Panthers scored three in the second to tie the game at 3-3 after 40 minutes. The Jeffs went ahead 4-3 midway through the third on senior Dave Hale's first goal of the season before Middlebury tri-captain Mike Anastasio netted an equalizer 13:42 into the period.
Both teams mustered two shots in extra time. Amherst goalie Chris Addesa had 43 saves for the game, while Middlebury's Francois Bourbeau had 24. Amherst, the defending ECAC Champion, looks forward to this year's ECAC Tournament with a 14-9-1 overall record, 11-7-1 ECAC East. Defending NCAA Champion Middlebury completes its regular season with an 18-3-2 record overall, 16-1-2 and first place in the ECAC East.
1st 2nd 3rd OT Final Middlebury (18-3-2) 0 3 1 0 -- 4 Amherst (14-9-1) 2 1 1 0 -- 4
Per Time Goal Assist(s) 1 5:47 A Andy Jones Dave Hale, Tom Carideo 1 15:33 A Joe Graceffa Jones 2 4:52 A Dan Moos (pp) Tim Kelly, Carideo 2 5:17 M Francois Gravel Filip Jirousek, John Giannacopoulos 2 13:42 M Cam Petke (pp) Gravel, Ben Barnett 2 16:39 M Giannacopoulos Barnett, Gravel 3 8:18 A Hale Doug Erickson, Jones 3 13:42 M Mike Anastasio Sebastien Bilodeau, Giannocopoulos
Goalie Saves: A Chris Addesa 43 (10-18-3-2), M Francois Bourbeau 24 (4-11-7-2).
Penalties: A 4 for 8 minutes, M 6 for 12 minutes.