Waterville, ME–The Williams Men's Hockey team (1-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) lost to the Colby Mules (2-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC) 4-1 in the second game of the year after beating them twice last season.
"We're in a good league and Colby played well today and made some timely saves," Eph head coach Bill Kangas said. "We definitely need to work through some things and fine tune our offense so we'll be ready to go every game and every shift."
The first period ended 1-1 with both teams scoring early in the game. Junior C.J. Shuggart scored, unassisted, 1:22 in and Colby sophomore Nick O'Connor scored unassisted 2:31 into the game. The Ephs had two power play opportunities but could not capitalize on either.
The Ephs continued to pressure the Colby defensive line but could not crack Mules' goalie, freshman Andrew Tucci. The Mules went one up on the Ephs at 5:30 into the second period after senior Devin Albert converted a Williams penalty to a one goal lead. He was assisted by seniors Jack Burton and Geoff Sullivan.
The Ephs began the third period one goal down, 2-1 but after senior Sam Gray was called for a two-minute tripping penalty at 15:45, Colby was able to extend the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Nick O'Connor scored from the top of the crease after a setup from seniors Jack Burton and Devin Albert at 17:08.
With less than three minutes left, the Ephs sought to apply ample pressure on the solid Colby defensive lineup to get a chance to pull goaltender sophomore Michael Pinios. Shortly after, however, Colby solidified their win with a goal thirty seconds after to extend the lead to 4-1. Junior Phil Klitirinos got his first goal since freshman year at 17:48 when he shot the puck over Pinios's glove from an assist from freshman J.P. Schuhlen.
"It's tough to lose but we need to apply what we've learned from this weekend to improve ourselves," Kangas said. "It's not a sprint to the finish; it's a marathon."
The Ephs will play again in a non-conference matchup against Babson, next Saturday (November 26) 4pm at the Babson College Skating Center.