NEW LONDON, CT — The Williams College Ephs (10-5-3, 7-2-3 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (4-11-2, 2-8-2 NESCAC) 4-3 this afternoon at the Dayton Arena. Williams's sophomore Roberto Cellini had two assists and two goals on the game.
Sophomore Michael Pinios started in net for the Ephs this afternoon. Pinios made 20 saves on the game.
In the opposing crease was Connor Rodericks, who made 30 saves in the contest.
The last time these two teams met was in early December in Williamstown where the Ephs came away with a decisive 8-4 victory.
The Ephs got on the board first in this contest, after being given a power play opportunity. At 8:07, Camel Chris Jellison was called to the box on account of tripping. Subsequently, at 8:25, senior Luke Stickel was able to convert on the man advantage (second goal). Stickel was assisted on the play by junior Colby Cretella (sixth assist) and Roberto Cellini (tenth assist). This brought the score to 1-0.
Connecticut College was able to equalize the match after being given a power play opportunity of their own. At 10:18 of the first, Williams freshman Max Fuld was called for cross checking. Around a minute into the power play, Rory Garlasco was able to cash in his third goal of the season on a play assisted by Brian Belisle (seventh assist) and Joe Giordano (15th assist). This brought the score to 1-1.
The Ephs recaptured the lead before heading into the locker rooms, on an even strength play at 17:11 when senior Tyler Young (sixth goal) was able to find the back of the net. Junior David Italiano (14th assist) and Roberto Cellini (11th assist) earned assists on the play. This was Cellini's second assist of the game.
At 18:22 of the first, Camel William White was assessed a game misconduct for checking from behind.
After the first period of play, Williams led in shot count 14-7.
The Ephs scored the sole goal in the second period on the power play. At 10:52, Joe Giordano was called to the box for tripping. At 12:33, Eph Roberto Cellini was able to get one past Rodericks on the man advantage, marking his third point of the game at his 11th goal of the season. Cellini was assisted by Luke Stickel (seventh assist, second point of game) and Colby Cretella (seventh assist, second point of game).
The second period ended with a 3-1 score, and shot count was 10-8 for Conn. College in the period, and 22-17 for the Ephs overall.
The Camels brought the game back to within one right at the start of the third. At 1:15, on an even strength play, Ryan Mowery was able to convert on a play where Pinios was able to block the initial shot but not the ensuing rebound. This was Mowery's fifth goal of the season, and he was assisted by Chris Jellison (first assist). This brought the score to 3-2.
Roberto Cellini, in an impressive performance, gave his team a two goal lead at 14:05, scoring his second goal of the game and fourth point. Cellini (12th goal) was assisted on the play by David Italiano (15th assist, second of the game).
At 17:59, Ryan Mowery scored his sixth goal of the year on an unassisted play to bring the score to the game's final score of 4-3. This goal was scored on the man advantage after Williams's C.J. Shugart was called to the box for interference.
The game ended with a 4-3 score. Shot count in the third was 12-6 in favor of Williams, overall shot count 34-23 for the Ephs.
Williams next faces Trinity at home next Friday at 7:00 PM. The Camels next face Tufts on the road next Friday at 7:00 PM.