Winona, MN-The Williams women's hockey team set their 2018 on a winning note. The Ephs (5-3-2) won their first game of the new year against the Saint Mary Cardinals (5-6-0) 2-0. The squad bookended the game with goals early in the first period and late in the third period from freshman Meghan Halloran and Junior Abby Brustad.
After a disappointing loss yesterday against Augsburg yesterday (1-0), the Ephs came back stronger than ever to get a win while on the road. Just 5:11 into the first period, the Ephs scored their first goal in Minnesota. Halloran took a pass from classmate Avery Dunn and stuffed a quick wrist shot past the shoulder of Cardinal goalie, junior Ashley Corcoran.
The quick 1-0 lead Halloran's goal gave the Ephs a comfortable cushion leading into the rest of the first and into the second. It seemed that Halloran's lone goal would be the game winner until the last minute of the game. With the clocking ticking down fast, the Cardinals became desperate and pulled Corcoran to give them the extra offender on the ice. Even with a one man deficit, the Ephs stood their ground and even gave Brustad a chance to shoot on the empty net. Brustad's accuracy found the back of the Cardinal net at 19:30, giving the Ephs another point on the board.
Sophomore Marissa Anderson was in net today and managed 22 saves and a shutout.
"I think the team did a great job starting from the drop of the puck today," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "We created a lot of chances offensively and defensively we will continue to work on reading how D zone coverage breaks down."
The Ephs will return home for a weekend NESCAC matchup against Bowdoin this Friday at 7:00 PM in Lansing Chapman Rink and then they willclose the weekend inLansing CHapman Rink with a 3:00 PM game against Bowdoin.