MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury used one goal in each period on its way to a 3-0 blanking of Potsdam for the championship of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout on Saturday.
The Panthers have now outscored their four opponents 22-0 this season with a perfect 4-0 record. Middlebury becomes the third host team to win the three-year old tournament, with Plattsburgh winning in 1999 and Norwich winning in 1998.
After 18 minutes, 51 seconds of scoreless action, Matt Dunn put home his own rebound just outside the crease to give Middlebury a 1-0 lead. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead with only seven seconds left in the second period. Fertig intercepted a pass at the blue line before entering the zone and ripping home a slapshot from the left wing.
Middlebury increased the lead to 3-0 in the third period when Dunn scored his second of the game with a shot to the five hole from inside the blue line.
Marc Scheuer made 10 saves in goal for Middlebury for his second shutout in as many career starts. Ryan Venturelli made 26 saves for Potsdam.
2000 All-Tournament Team
Scott Goldman (Middlebury), Brian Rice (Potsdam), Adam Foote (Middlebury), Bryan Murray (Plattsburgh), Matt Dunn (Middlebury), Ryan Venturelli (Potsdam), MVP — Matt Skoglund (Middlebury)