Ephs Hold off Panthers in Regular Season Finale

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Williams took its first lead since 1-0 with 10:50 remaining and hung on for a 9-7 win at Middlebury (8-7, 6-4) in the NESCAC regular season finale for both teams.

Middlebury will be on the Williams took its first lead since 1-0 with 10:50 remaining and hung on for a 9-7 win at Middlebury (8-7, 6-4) in the NESCAC regular season finale for both teams.road for a NESCAC Quarterfinal this Saturday, while the Ephs (9-6, 6-4) will need to await the Tufts/Bowdoin result before knowing their fate. The loss snaps a six-game NESCAC winning streak for the Panthers.

Williams broke a 1-1 tie with a man-up goal at the 2:08 mark of the first quarter by Eric Kelley. Middlebury responded just over a minute later when Brian Ayers found Stephen Seymour on the doorstop for the tally.

The teams exchanged goals to start the second quarter before Middlebury ran off three straight to take a 6-3 lead into the halftime break. Ayers scored on a lengthy drive to the goal before Jon Broome made a nice crease feed to Seymour. The final goal of the run came man-down as Jack Rautiola found Darric White in transition, as the long-stick defender scored his second of the year.

Williams opened the third quarter with a goal from Bryson Gilbert-Bono on a lefty shot after a spin move. Thomas Fowler followed less than a minute later, scoring in a great crease feed from Duncan Cummings.

Broome scored his 31st of the year for the Panthers at the 12:10 mark of the third, converting a feed from Chris Peterson in transition to put Middlebury on top, 7-5. Unfortunately for the Panthers, that would be their final tally of the game.

Thomas Fowler brought the Ephs within one when he scored with a lefty shot, before Steven Kiesel scored late in the period on a coast-to-coast drive to tie the game at 7-7.

Middlebury nearly took the lead with 12:22 remaining, but Eph goalie Dan Whittam made a stellar stop on a point-blank shot from Seymour. On the other end of the field. Andy Grabowski netted what proved to be the game-winner with 10:50 remaining, scoring from the crease area after a pass from Gilbert-Bono.

The Panthers took a timeout with 4:53 remaining, looking to net the equalizer. Nearly two minutes later, Middlebury turned the ball over and Williams cleared the ball down field. The Ephs were able to run out the clock, as Kiesel scored on an empty net with 43 seconds remaining.

Seymour, Broome and Ayers each finished with two goals for Middlebury, while Rautiola had a pair of assists. Darric White added a goal, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Nate Gaudio finished with seven saves in goal.

Kiesel paced Williams with three tallies, followed by Fowler with two and Gilbert-Bono with two goals and two assists. David Lee won 14-20 face-offs, while Stephen Upton caused three turnovers. Whittam finished with five saves in goal.

2014-04-23



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