Brunswick, ME–The Williams men's hockey team (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) debuted their season with an away conference game against the Bowdoin Bears (0-1/0-1 NESCAC). The Ephs pulled out a win with a third period goal by Marcus Mollica to cliam a 4-3 win.
Sophomore Michael Pinios is the starting netminder for the Ephs and boasts an average of 0.939 last season. Seniors James McNamara and Frankie Mork started in front of the net and junior Joe Welch, senior George Hunkele, and junior Colby Cretalla were the Ephs' starting offensive line.
The Ephs finished the first period ahead of the Bears in shots, 17-12, but were down 2-0 heading into the second period. Bowdoin senior Matt Sullivan, assisted by senior Mitch Barrington, scored the first goal of the game at 14:22 and freshman Pat Geary scored his first college goal after wrapping around a loose puck from freshman Michael Brown's shot with just 16 seconds left in the first period.
"I thought we played well in the first period. We just had a couple mistakes where we over pursued the puck and bodoin was able to capitalize," head coach Bill Kangas said. "But the upperclassmen are used to finishing the first two down so there was a positive vibe going into the locker room."
The Ephs came back after the break fired up and scored 1:17 into the second period. First year Max Fuld scored his first intercollegiate goal off assists by sophomore Roberto Cellini and junior David Italiano.
Williams soon after tied the game at 9:39 with sophomore Marcus Mollica's first goal of his NCAA career. The assisted was recorded by junior Daniel Doherty.
Bowdoin regained the lead at 17:08 with freshman Pat Geary's second goal of the game after a Williams defensive zone give away.Williams matched the Geary goal at 19:11 with junior David Italiano's goal, assisted by sophomore Roberto Cellini and senior Luke Stickel.
The Ephs finally took the lead at 11;43 of the third period after sophomore Marcus Mollica, off of senior Lucas Stickel's assist, scored his second goal of the game.
The host Polar Bears got a chance to tie the game after a kneeing penalty was called on Williams senior Sam Gray at 18:56. Bowdoin goalie, junior Peter Cronin was pulled for the power play in an attempt to tie the game but the Williams defensive line held strong, giving the Ephs their first win of the season.
"We're going to keep focusing on the little things going into tomorrow's game. The hardest part is the first game so it's good to have a win under our belts," Kangas sais. "We didn't get a chance to use our special teams as each team only had one penalty but we're pretty confident in all aspects of our game."
The Ephs will play again tomorrow, November 19, at 3pm at Colby in another NESCAC game.