AMHERST, MA -- The Williams Ephs (5-1-0, 4-1-0 NESCAC) lost their first game of the season to Amherst College (3-1-3, 1-0-3 NESCAC) 1-0 tonight in an on the road battle. There was only one goal on the night, coming from Amherst's Phil Johansson in the second period.
Last season, the two rivals faced each other three times, the Ephs coming away with two wins and one loss.
Coming into this match, the Ephs had the best power play in the country (Division III), with a 38.1% success rate.
Between the posts for Williams tonight was senior goaltender Stephen Morrissey. Morrissey came into this contest with a .923 save percentage. In net for Amherst was senior Connor Girard, who came into this match with a .894 save percentage. Morrissey stopped 34 shots on the night, Girard earning a shutout with 27 saves.
Amherst came into this match 2-1-3 overall, and 0-0-3 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs came in 5-0-0, 4-0-0 in the conference.
No goals were scored in the first period, with both teams presented some offensive opportunities. Shots after the first period were 11-8 for the Ephs.
Amherst began the second period on the power play after Ephs freshman Daniel Woolfenden went to the box for checking at the close of the first period. Williams successfully killed this Amherst power play.
At 6:45 of the second period, Amherst's junior Phil Johansson (fourth goal) brought the game to 1-0, after a turnover in the neutral zone. Johansson quickly fired off a wrist shot from the left circle to beat Morrissey low on the glove side. Johansson was assisted on the play by junior Jack Fitzgerald.
This goal marked Williams being down in a game for the first time all season. The teams headed to the locker rooms after two period of play with the score at 1-0.
With around two minutes left in the third period, coach Monti pulled Morrissey to give the squad the extra man, in attempts to get the equalizer before the buzzer.
With :23 seconds remaining in the contest, Eph freshman Myles Cunningham went to the box for roughing. The game ended with a score of 1-0 for Amherst, Girard getting the shutout for his team.
This win for Amherst marks their first conference win this season. Shots were 35-27 in favor of Amherst.
Amherst faces Middlebury at home tomorrow with puck drop occurring at 3:00 PM. Williams faces Hamilton on the road, with a 5:00 PM start time.