WATERVILLE, ME -- The Williams College Ephs (10-6-0, 6-4-0 NESCAC) lost to the Colby College Mules (8-8-0, 7-5-0 NESCAC) 4-2 this afternoon on the road. The Mules scored three goals in the first period to solidify the win.
The Mules played Middlebury last night, and lost 3-2 at home. Williams played Bowdoin last night on the road, and lost 4-1.
These two teams faced each other in November, and Williams came away with a 3-2 victory.
In net for the Ephs this afternoon was junior Michael Pinios, who came into the match with a .918 save percentage. In net for the Mules was senior Sean Lawrence.
The first goal of the game came at 7:04 for the Mules, as they capitalized on the man advantage following sophomore Wyatt Glover for the Ephs serving a five minute major for hitting from behind at 6:21. Sophomore Kienan Scott was able to put one away on an unassisted play to bring the score to an early 1-0 for Colby.
The Mules doubled their lead minutes later on another unassisted play. At 13:02, senior Andrew Reis fired one past Pinios to bring the game to 2-0.
The final goal of the period came right at the period's close. Sophomore J.P. Schuhlen was able to get one to the back of the net at 19:45, being assisted on the play by seniors Dan Dupont and Michael Decker. This brought the Mule lead to three goals after the first 20 minutes of play.
Shots after the first period were 13-11 for Colby.
The sole goal of the second period came from the Ephs. At 17:57, freshman Nick VanBelle was able to beat Lawrence on an unassisted effort to get his team on the board. This brought the score to 3-1 headed into the third period.
Second period shot count tipped in favor of the Ephs, 16-13.
Both teams scored a goal in the third period. The first goal came from the Ephs at 15:09; this goal brought the game to within one, and put pressure on the Mules. Senior Joe Welch fired off the goal scoring shot, and he was unassisted on the play that brought the score to 3-2.
At 19:19, the Mules were able to put the game away with a fourth and final goal. Senior Cam MacDonald scored this unassisted goal to bring the game to its final score of 4-2.
The Ephs out shot the Mules in the third period, shot count at 10-8 for the final 20 minutes, and 37-34 for the game's entirety, also in favor of the Ephs.
Following this game, there are just four weekends remaining in regular season play for NESCAC hockey.
Colby next faces Fitchburg State on Sunday January 28th on the road, puck drop occurring at 5:00 PM. The Ephs next face Tufts at home next Friday, January 26th, with puck drop at 7:00 PM.
Comments from Williams head coach Mike Monti will be added shortly.