AMHERST, MA -- The Williams Ephs (13-7-2, 10-4-3 NESCAC) were defeated by Amherst College (13-6-3, 8-6-3 NESCAC) 1-0 tonight in the Orr Rink. There was only one goal generated in the game tonight, from Amherst's junior Thomas Lindstrom. Both goaltenders showed incredible fortitude in their respective creases tonight, allowing only one goal from the combined 50 shots fired.
The Ephs came into this match 13-6-2, and 10-3-3 in the NESCAC. Amherst came into this match 12-6-3 overall, 7-6-3 in the conference. These two teams last faced each other on December 9, 2016 in Williamstown. The Ephs came away with a 4-3 victory in that game.
Sophomore Michael Pinios was the netminder for the Ephs tonight. Pinios came into this match with a .885 save percentage, and he made 23 saves in the game.
In the opposing crease was junior Connor Girard. Girard came into this match with a .925 save percentage, and had a shutout in this contest, stopping all 26 shots faced.
The first period was scoreless, however the Ephs had the only two power play opportunities of the first 20 minutes. The first opportunity was presented after Amherst's junior Will Vosejpka was called to the box for boarding. The second opportunity came with just 18 seconds remaining in the first period of play, when freshman Noah Gilreath was called on account of boarding.
A few minutes into the second period, Williams senior Tyler Young was called on a penalty for tripping. At the tail end of this power play, however, Amherst's freshman Patrick Daly was served a game misconduct.
At 10:17 of the second period, Amherst was able to create the only successful offensive play of the game, when Lindstrom cashed in his 12th goal of the season on a play assisted by classmate David White (10th assist) and sophomore Steven Mallory (third assist).
Despite their efforts, the Ephs were unable to find a needed equalizer in the third period, the Amherst defense did a solid job of keeping the puck out of their defensive zone. The game ended with a 1-0 score for Amherst.
The Ephs just outshot Amherst in this contest 26-24, the shot count reflecting the competitive and back and forth nature of this game. This victory for Amherst means these two rivals have split their regular season series 1-1.
This weekend marks the final weekend of regular season play. Amherst faces Middlebury at home tomorrow at 3:00PM. Williams remains on the road tomorrow, traveling to Hamilton for a 3:00PM puck drop tomorrow to conclude their regular season.