Middlebury Wins NESCAC Title in Overtime

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

Box Score

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Rookie John Dawson scored 10:25 into overtime to lift Middlebury to a 4-3 win over Amherst in the NESCAC Championship game. 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 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 for the tournament.

Amherst opened the scoring 7:56 into the contest as Justin Pitrack tipped in a shot from the left point by Chris Norqual. The rugged 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. 3:26 into the power play, Middlebury's Kevin Cooper intercepted a pass and broke in alone for the shorthanded goal 3:51 into the second period, to tie the game at one. 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 the goal. 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 Justin Pitrack 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 Reiser with a great move before flipping a backhand into the net. That would be all the scoring as the game went into overtime.

Christian Carlsson made 24 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Reiser made 25 saves for Amherst.

2001 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship
First Round - Saturday, Feb. 24 at Higher Seeds
at No. 2 Amherst 3, No. 7 Williams 0
No. 6 Hamilton 4, at No. 3 Colby 0
No. 5 Bowdoin 4, at No. 4 Trinity 3 - OT

Semifinals - Friday, March 2 at Middlebury
No. 2 Amherst 3, vs. No. 5 Bowdoin 0
at No. 1 Middlebury 4, No. 6 Hamilton 2

Championship - Saturday, March 3 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 4, No. 2 Amherst 3 - OT