John Guay '13 (#18, photo) broke out of his scoring slump this year in a big way, scoring twice at Middlebury Sat., Jan. 15, to lift the Cardinals to a 4-3 overtime win against the Panthers. His goal just :31 into the extra frame gave Wesleyan its first-ever win over the Panthers in 35 all-time meetings dating back to 1973. Wesleyan had forged a pair of ties, the first in 2006-07 and again in 2007-08 but otherwise had fallen 32 times.
Guay redirected a shot by Chris MacDonald '13 for the game-winner after narrowly missing ending the game seconds earlier with a tip-in attempt off a shot by Keith Buehler '14. It was Guay and Buehler who spotted the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the second period after a scoreless opening 20 minutes. Buehler picked up his fourth goal of the season hitting from the left point at 9:32 on the power-play while Guay made good from the right point at 12:01. Guay was good for three points in the contest as he also assisted on the opener along with Anthony DePietto '11. Brad Improta '14 helped set up Guay's first tally. To watch Guay's game-winning score, please click < here >.
Middlebury rallied to tie the contest on goals at 3:27 and 10:59 of the third period, ruining the shutout bid of keeper Glenn Stowell '13, who had made 17 saves over the opening 40 minutes and added 14 in the final frame, giving him 31 for the contest. The Cardinals regained the lead on the first goal of the season by Brett Bandazian '12, assisted by Donald Kleckner '13, at 13:42, but the lead was short-lived as the Panthers answered right back 20 seconds later.
Buehler had the other assist on the game-winner as he collected two points on the afternoon.
Wesleyan will be back in the confines of Spurrier-Snyder Rink Fri., Jan. 21 for its next outing, facing ECAC East leader Norwich, a team the Cardinals have defeated just once in 17 tries. After that, St. Michael's come to town Sat., Jan. 22 to complete the league weekend.