Ephs tie Cardinals 2-2

Abby Brustad '19
Abby Brustad '19

Middletown, CT-Women's hockey (2-2-2, 0-2-2 NESCAC) tie the Wesleyan Cardinals (2-3-3, 0-0-2 NESCAC) 2-2. The highlight from today's game was junior Annie Rush's short-handed goal.

Unlike yesterday, today's opening period was scoreless. The Ephs controlled the puck well and tested Cardinal goalkeeper sophomore Allegra grant. The Ephs outshot Wesleyan 17-2 in just the first period but Grant was too swift so the score remained 0-0 even when the Ephs had a two-man advantage at the end of the period.

Wesleyan was the first to open up the scoring halfway through the second period. After Cardinal junior, Kendall Carr, was called for boarding at 7:12 and Eph junior, Abby Brustad, called for roughing at 8:17, the two teams found themselves in a 4v4.

Wesleyan freshman Sarah Takahashi's wrap-around backhand goal during this 4v4 was the first of the game. The goal came at 8:38.

Junior Anna Fucillo was called for holding at 13:51, which gave Wesleyan an opportunity to extend their lead. They did just that with a goal at 14:41. The goal came from sophomore Alexis Banquer and was assisted by junior teammate Sarah Goss.

Down by two going into the locker room, the Ephs had 20 minutes to make up two goals. Throughout the entire game the Ephs had dominated the Cardinals on the number of shots taken on Grant. At the games end, the Ephs outshot Wesleyan 55-19.

The third period was when the Ephs' luck really started to turn. An early penalty (2:29) called on junior Claire Mancheski for hooking gave the Ephs a one man disadvantage. This did not phase the Williams squad as junior Annie Rush was able to score short-handed at 4:16.

Now down to only a one-goal game, the Ephs had a little over 15 minutes to tie up the game. The equalizer came at 16:49 when a cross from Brustad found the waiting stick of freshman Meghan Halloran.

With the game tied at 2-2 the two teams battled it out to see who would win their first conference game. The clock expired and the two teams continued the fight in OT but, like yesterday, no team could break the goaltender prowess of both Grant and Cleroux.

"I thought we made strides in the direction needed for special teams," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "We will continue to place emphasis on the simple steps of the process that helps us compete at our best level."

The next time the Ephs will hit the ice will be away this Wednesday. The squad will face off Castleton at 7:30pm.