Connecticut College 2, Middlebury College 2 Tie OT Birmingham Scores Twice in Draw for Camels

Connecticut College 2, Middlebury College 2 Tie OT Birmingham Scores Twice in Draw for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College and Middlebury College skated to a 2-2 draw in a NESCAC game played at Dayton Arena Friday night.

The Camels moved to 1-3-2 overall and are 0-1-2 in the NESCAC. The visiting Panthers are 1-2-2 with a 1-0-2 record in conference action.

Middlebury got on the board with 2:20 remaining in the opening period. Sophomore forward Mark Lyman (Surrey, B.C.) corralled a rebound on a shot that was fired by junior forward Mike Najjar (Stoneham, Mass.) and flicked one in for the Panthers.

But in the middle period, the Camels took the lead. Midway through the frame, the Camels evened the score at one. Senior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) took a shot that was saved on the blocker at the near post by Liam Moorfield-Yee (Toronto, Ont.). But Birmingham pounced on the rebound and flicked one in to tie the game at one.

Later on in the second with 1:49 remaining, Birmingham put the Camels on top 2-1 when he made a nice stick fake in the slot area and beat Moorfield-Yee to the far post for his fourth goal of the season. Junior Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) assisted on the marker.

In the closing moments, Middlebury emptied their net to add the extra attacker. Senior Max Greenwald (Potomac, Md.) fired the puck from the point to the left circle and sophomore forward Vincent Gisonti (Montreal, Quebec) re-directed the puck into the near post side of the goal to even things up at two with just 49 seconds remaining in regulation.

With 1:13 elapsed in the extra session, the Camels nearly pulled out the win. Senior Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) took a pass from Birmingham in the slot and fired a shot that was saved by Moorfield-Yee. On the ensuing possession for the Panthers, senior Paul Falvey (Hingham, Mass.) broke free and lifted a wrist shot from the right circle but Conlin was able to make the glove save for the hosts.

Neither side could find the back of the net in the closing moments so the game ended in a draw.

Conlin stopped 36 shots for the Camels, while Moorfield-Yee finished with 35 saves in an equally impressive performance for the Panthers.

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