MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Vincent Gisonti scored 2:57 into overtime lifting Middlebury (6-7-4, 5-2-4) to a 1-0 win Friday over Connecticut College (3-12-2, 0-9-2) in Chip Kenyon '85 Arena. The Panthers return to action tomorrow when they host Tufts at 4:00 p.m., while Connecticut College visits Williams tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
Scoring chances were hard to come by in the opening period. Middlebury's best opportunity came midway through the stanza when a shot by Terrance Goguen from the left circle appeared to hit the net inside the far post but was waived off. The Camels held a narrow 10-9 edge in shots.
The second period again had very few chances and a combined 10 shots on goal. At 11:38, a backhanded wrister by Connecticut College's William White on the doorstep during a powerplay was saved by Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein with his body. In the final minute of the period, a tip in front by Evan Neugold for the Panthers on a shot from the point went just wide.
In the third, Middlebury looked to go ahead in the early stages, but a shot by Jimmy McKee from point-blank range saved by Camel goalie Tom Conlin (pictured). With a little less than two minutes left, the hosts nearly grabbed a one-goal edge. Gisonti skated in shorthanded, but his wrister on the doorstep was saved by Conlin's left pad as the Panthers outshot Connecticut College in the period, 13-9.
In the overtime, Gisonti's game-winning tally happened following a Camel turnover right on their own blueline. Gisonti corralled the loose puck, skated in from the left side and wristed a shot over Conlin's right shoulder that squeezed its way below the pipe for the goal. The tally was his team-leading seventh goal of the winter.
Middlebury finished the game with a 30-24 shots advantage, as the Panthers went 0-5 on its powerplay chances, while the Camels were 0-4 during their extra-man opportunities. Klein made 24 saves to pick up the win for his third shutout of the season, while Conlin was credited with 29 stops for the Camels.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Friday's Action):
Senior Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored three more goals last weekend and leads the Camels on offense with 11 goals, seven assists and 18 points. Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) has chipped in with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) while junior Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) has posted a team-best 10 assists to go with his five goals scored for a 15 point total. DiPretoro is third in NESCAC scoring with 1.12 points per game while Birmingham and Giordano are ranked sixth and seventh with 1.00 and .94 points per game.
DiPretoro's 11 markers are the second highest total in the conference. Jon Paris (Hailey, Idaho) potted the first two goals of his career last weekend. Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) has posted a 3.09 goals against average to go along with a .903 save percentage.