Williamstown, MA– Williams College Ephs (1-2-1, 1-1-1 NESCAC) beat Connecticut College Camels (1-4-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) 8-4. The Ephs outshot the Camels 40-22 to win their second game of the year.
"We responded well to the game from last night; we were trying a bit too hard yesterday so to score eight goals tonight is really good for us," head coach Bill Kangas said.
Much of the first half of the first period was played back and forth with both teams making solid offensive charges and crucial defensive plays. The Ephs pulled ahead and posted the first point of the game with a power play goal 11:06 into the period with a goal by junior David Italiano. Connecticut College senior, Ryan Mowery was called for hooking 9:10 into the period. There were several rebound opportunities right before the goal as the Ephs were pushing hard to get their first. The puck bounced out to senior James McNamara and he passed the puck back to senior Frankie Mork who was wide open on the blue line. Mork took the shot and Italiano tipped it into the back of the net.
Just minutes later, the Ephs doubled their lead with a goal at 14:42 by junior C.J. Shugart. He was assisted by seniors Frankie Mork and Sam Gray. Mork took a pass from Gray out of the Williams zone and quickly hit the puck across the net where SHugart one-timed it in.
And to top off the trifecta of Eph goals this period, Williams scored again at 17:47 with a goal by senior George Hunkele, assisted by seniors Joe Welch and Sam Gray. Hunkele skated through the neutral zone with the puck before stuffing it into the top corner of the Camel net, over senior goaltender Austin Essery's shoulder.
The Camels soon after responded to their three goal deficit with a power play goal of their own after Williams sophomore Marcus Mollica was called for boarding at 18:05. With only 12 seconds left of the period, Connecticut College senior Ryan Mowery was assisted by sophomores Dylan Chase and Jake Farabee to scored the first Camel goal of the game.
The Ephs came off the intermission fired up and scored early in the second period. Sophomore Roberto Cellini scored at 1:17 unassisted after he hit the puck out of the air and one timed it past the Camel goaltender.
Williams had another opportunity to get another one when Connecticut College sophomore A.J. Wallace was called for hooking. The Ephs couldn't quite capitalize on the power play but extended their lead just seconds after Wallace was released. The goal, at 4:28, was scored by junior David Italiano, his second of the game, who skated from the corner to take a shot. The shot was saved but Italiano scored off his rebound. He was assisted by Young and Cellini.
The trio scored again for the third Eph goal of the period. Cellini scored again at 7:25 after he one-timed a shot from a pass from Young and Italiano.
Connecticut College scored their first of the period at 13:42; the puck was locked in the corner and was shot out to a wide-open freshman Jeff Thompson who passed it to senior Brian Benisle who backhanded it in past Williams goaltender sophomore Michael Pinios.
The Camels closed the gap to a three goal deficit late in the period at 19:04. The goal was also scored by Benisle and assisted by Thompson.
The Ephs extended their lead further with an early third period goal scored by senior Frankie Mork and assisted by Italiano. Italiano skated around the back of the net and passed it to a waiting Mork at the top of the crest who found the back of the net.
As they did in the two previous periods, the Camels scored late in the third period. The goal from senior Brian Benisle and was assisted by senior Joe Giordano. Eph goaltender Michael Pinios thought he had made the save but the puck just trickled in after a hard shot by Benisle.
"We did a nice job offensively creating good chances for ourselves but we definitely want to improve our defensive zone play," Kangas said. "There are things to do better but it's a step in the right direction to be better next week."
The Ephs will return to the ice next friday against Amherst again at the Lansing Chapman Ice Rink at 7pm.