SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- After trailing by one after two periods of play in the first game of the Skidmore Tournament, the Ephs (4-0-1) rallied in the third to defeat the Wildcats (5-3-0) 4-3.
Freshman David Italiano scored the game winning goal in the third, making the Ephs three for six on the power play in the contest.
Williams head coach Bill Kangas coached against his son, junior Brett Kangas for Johnson and Wales, this afternoon. The outcome of this match was reversed the last time these two teams met in Providence, RI last year, when the Wildcats beat Williams 3-2 in overtime.
The first period of the match proved unsuccessful for both teams, with even play bringing the shot count just in the Wildcats' favor, 9-7. Williams took four penalties in the first, however Johnson and Wales was unable to capitalize on any of these opportunities.
The second period brought a lot of action from both sides, with five goals being scored overall, and the Wildcats leading 3-2 going into the third.
Johnson and Wales came out playing quickly in the second, scoring their first two goals in twenty-four seconds. 5:28 minutes into the period, Jason Healey got one past senior goaltender Sean Dougherty. Healey was assisted by Luke Veitch and Cody Sarmiento for the Wildcats.
On the next play, the Wildcats fired one past the Ephs again, making the game 2-0. This second goal was scored by defenseman Matt Lanzillotti. Assists were awarded to Healey and Ben Brouillard on the play.
Williams was given an opportunity shortly after, as Alan Boozer went to the box for tripping for two minutes. Freshman C.J. Shugart got one past Wildcats' goaltender Joey Ballmer 6:57 into the period with the Ephs converting on their second power play of the game. Shugart was assisted by sophomore James McNamara and senior David Jarrett.
Johnson and Wales responded quickly, however. 11:11 into the second period, the Wildcats scored again at even strength. Michael Mazzotta got one past the Ephs' defensive line, and was assisted by Patrick Avery and Alex Porrier, bringing the game to 3-1.
Five minutes later, Shugart for the Ephs got another one past Joey Ballmer and the Johnson and Wales squad. For his team high sixth goal of the season, Shugart was assisted by fellow freshman Colby Cretella, and senior Craig Kitto. This goal, making the game 3-2, came at 16:24.
The second period was rounded out with ten shots for the Ephs, and thirteen shots on goal for Johnson and Wales, the Wildcats still having the slight offensive advantage heading into the third.
The third period began with back and forth play for the first few minutes. Four minutes into the period, Josh Obregon for the Wildcats went to the penalty box for hooking. This gave the Ephs their third opportunity on the power play in the game. 5:51 minutes into the third, sophomore George Hunkele for the Ephs scored on with the man advantage, and was assisted by sophomores Tyler Young and Sam Gray.
Just over a minute after the Ephs' game tying goal, Stefan Brucato for the Wildcats took a penalty for interference. Johnson and Wales killed this penalty, however. Just a minute later, Michael Mazzotta went to the box for hooking. This penalty was taken 8:08 into the period and led to the game winning goal for the Ephs at 9:07. David Italiano scored the Ephs' third power play goal of the game, with assists coming from James McNamara and David Jarrett.
Johnson and Wales was given an opportunity with around five minutes remaining in the game, as sophomore Alex Hagerty for the Ephs went to the box for elbowing. This killed power play for the Ephs marked their fifth penalty kill of the game. Williams' special teams were impressive in this match, killing all penalties they took, and scoring on fifty percent of their power play opportunities.
This win for the Ephs brings their overall record to 4-0-1, and moves the Johnson and Wales record to 5-3-0.
With the win the Ephs advance to the chamionship game of the Skidmore Tounament at 4:00 PM tomorrow, where they will face Morrisville State. Morrisville State scored 5 goals in the first 9:50 to down Skidmore 5-2 to set up the match versus the Ephs.