Waterville, Maine - The Williams women's hockey team made the long trek up to Maine to take on the Colby Mules (4-5-3; 1-3-3 NESCAC) . The Ephs (7-3-3; 2-3-3 NESCAC) came up to Maine with hopes of extending their winning streak to four games.
After the majority of a back-and-forth first period, the game remained scoreless until just under 4 minutes left in the first period. At 16:34 in the first, freshman Meghan Halloran was able to slide one past Mules freshman goaltender Cierra San Roman. Her goal was unassisted and made the score 1-0 in favor of Williams. Despite a myriad of shots taken by Williams in the first period, as they outshot Colby 19-8 in the period, they were only able to manage one goal in the period.
The second period was more of the same, a lot of shots for the Ephs and not so many for the Mules. However, despite the again lopsided action, the Ephs were unable to slide another goal past the dominant San Roman, who was able to turn away all 14 shots she faced in the period. While Colby was only able to muster a mere 4 shots in the period, sophomore netminder Marissa Anderson for the Ephs turned them all aside, keeping the score at 1-0 in favor of Williams at the end of the period.
As the game entered the third period, there seemed to be a heightened urgency for the Mules as they cracked down on the defensive end, limiting the Ephs shots and managing more for themselves. As the Mules added more pressure, they were able to break through at 9:36 in the third period, as freshman Lauren Klein was able to capitalize on a feed from her teammate sophomore Tess Dupre, just sliding a goal past the Ephs Anderson, leveling the score at one apiece. Despite a fair amount of pressure applied by both teams in the rest of the third period, neither team could find the back of the net and the game went into overtime.
In the overtime period, it was finally more even pegging, as far as shots were concerned, as they were 4-3 in favor of the Ephs. However, despite several close calls for both teams in the overtime, the goaltender dominance remained in effect. Ephs netminder Anderson was able to turn away 21 of the 22 shots she faced and the Mules goalie San Roman was able to block 46 of the 47 shots she faced.
"We need to do a better job of creating offensive chances," Williams head coach Meghan Gillis commented after the game. "We had rebounds in front without layers and left some out there tonight that I'm hoping we can finish tomorrow."
While they didn't win the game, the Ephs kept their undefeated streak alive for 2018. The Ephs will remain in Maine for one more day, facing off against the Mules again tomorrow at 3PM for the second half of their weekend NESCAC matchup.