Jeffs Drop Overtime Thriller in NESCAC Championship Game at Middlebury|
March 3, 2001
FROM A MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE RELEASE
|Darren Reaume gave Amherst |
a 3-2 lead 1:03 into
the thrid period
MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury College rookie John Dawson scored 10:25 into overtime to lift the top-seeded Panthers to a 4-3 win over second-seeded Amherst College in the championship game of the NESCAC Men's Hockey Tournament on Saturday.
The goal developed as Adam Foote won a face-off to Dawson, who then skated to the slot and wristed a shot to the top corner of the net. With the win, Middlebury (23-2-1) - the third-ranked team in the nation according to the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll - receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out its fate when the pairings are announced on Sunday night. Amherst will hope to gain the one at-large bid issued for the tournament.
Amherst (18-5-3) opened the scoring 7:56 into the contest as Justin Pitrack tipped in a shot from the left point by Chris Norqual. The period ended with 11 penalties, including four matching minors. Just 25 seconds into the second period, Middlebury's Scott Goldman was called for a five-minute hitting from behind penalty, along with a game misconduct after checking Jim Smith into the corner. Just over three minutes into the power play, Middlebury's Kevin Cooper intercepted a pass and broke in alone for a shorthanded goal 3:51 into the second period, to tie the game 1-1.
The Jeffs regained the lead at the 11:21 mark with a power play goal as some nice passing set up Bob Miele in the slot for his team-leading 14th goal of the season. The Panthers bounced back to tie the game with a power play goal with 2:10 left in the period as John Dawson found the back of the net. Following the goal, a penalty was called on Middlebury, leading to a pair of bench minors and an ejection for Middlebury head coach Bill Beaney.
Just 1:06 into the third period, Amherst took advantage as Darren Reaume tallied a power play goal as he scored from the slot on a rebound. Middlebury came back to tie the game at the 5:51 mark as leading-goal scorer Adam Foote beat Amherst goaltender Nick Rieser with a great move before flipping a backhand into the net to round out the scoring in regulation and send the game into overtime.
Christian Carlsson made 24 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Rieser made 25 saves for Amherst.
Full game box score