Williamstown, MA - After a strong showing yesterday against the Oswego St. Lakers (3-6-0), the Ephs (2-2-0) returned to the ice today in the second leg of their double header. The Ephs won the game today with a 7-1 victory, scoring early and often in the game, piling up four power play goals.
The Ephs and the Lakers came out and there was a lot of back and forth hockey for the first five minutes. A tripping penalty by Laker sophomore Madison Byrne at 14:59 in the first period seemed to rejuvenate the Ephs, who capitalized on the powerplay a mere nine seconds into the power play.
Eph freshman Brynn Puppe scored from the left point off an assist from Abby Brustad, who won the faceoff clean and passed it to first year Meghan Halloran who went straight to Puppe. She took a shot past Oswego junior goalie Mikaela Ditonto to open up the score.
Four minutes later, Oswego St.'s freshman Philomena Teggart was called for a hooking penalty at 7:21 into the first period and the Ephs capitalized soon after yet again to make the score 2-0. Brustad scored off a rebound and her goal was assisted by Puppe and junior Eliza Quigley. The Ephs kept the pressure up for the rest of the half, and despite a tripping penalty late in the period, they killed the penalty with ease and kept the pressure up, almost netting a third score before the period ended. At the end of the first period, the shot totals were 18 to 7 in favor of the Ephs.
In the second period, both teams carried the play for large portions of the period. The Ephs began the surge, capitalizing on yet another Laker penalty as freshman Jean-Marie Padden was called for hooking just 45 seconds into the period. Williams freshman Avery Dunn scored from the left wing, off an assist from sophomore Amanda Reisman and senior Candace Lu less than one minute into the period.
Williams kept the momentum rolling, as six minutes later, junior Eliza Quigley netted a goal past the Oswego State goalie from the right wing, off an assist from junior Claire Mancheski and first year Michaela O'Connor, making the score 4-0 in favor of the Ephs. However, at the midway point of the period, the Lakers seemed to find their footing, and they started sustaining pressure in the offensive zone. Aided by an interference penalty called on Williams senior Alex Lovaas, they were able to sustain a lot of offensive zone time and break past Williams goalie senior Christina Cleroux.
Laker freshman Leah Czerwinski was able to capitalize on a rebound off of a shot taken by classmate Emma Morisette from the point, making the score 4-1. Both teams exchanged possession for the remainder of the period, with a lot of back and forth hockey. At the conclusion of the period, the shots were 11 to 11 for the period, making it 29 to 18 for the game in favor of the Ephs.
In the third period, the Ephs dominance over the Lakers became truly evident, as Williams really poured it on late, scoring three third period goals. The first was scored by Lovaas, who scored from the point off an assist from senior Emily Eide and Reisman.
The second goal was scored less than a minute later by Eph Michaela O'Connor, assisted by first year Avery Dunn and junior Anna Fucillo. The third was scored late in the period by junior Annie Rush, assisted by senior Candace Lu and Halloran.
Oswego State really tried to break through Eph netminder Cleroux in the waning minutes of the game, but they couldn't find the back of the net. The score at the end of the game was 7-1 in favor of Williams.
The Ephs had a lot of success on the power play today, where they went a staggering 4 for 4 and on the penalty kill where they were able to successfully kill three penalties, including an extended 5-on-3 power play early in the third period.
"Building off of yesterday, our special teams did a great job capitalizing on the power plays and keeping the puck out of our end during the penalty kills," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "Christina Cleroux also played a great game coming off of a shutout yesterday."
The Ephs will play their first away games next weekend in two NESCAC matchups against Wesleyan.