SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Williams College men's ice hockey team (4-1-1) opened up a 2-0 first period lead over Morrisville State (4-4-2), but the Mustangs responded with a goal each in the second and third periods and then 80 seconds into overtime to claim the Skidmore Tourney title, 3-2.
"I thought we played really well in the first 20 minutes," said Eph head coach Bill Kangas. We played our kind of game. We pressured well, but then we let it get away from us a little in the second and third periods and that gave them some confidence."
Eph freshman David Italiano opened the scoring in the contest when he teamed up with classmate C.J. Shugart and senior Craig Kitto to score at 7:34 of the first period. It was Italiano's fourth goal of the season, while Shugart notched his fifth assist and Kitto his sixth.
With 26 seconds left in the opening stanza freshman Dan Doherty upped the Eph lead to 2-0 with an even strength score. Kitto picked up his seventh assist on the year and junior Greg Johnson recorded his first of the season.
Morrisville's Steven Dombrosky faced 13 shots in the first period and stopped 11, while the Ephs' Sean Dougherty stopped all 10 shots by the Mustangs.
The Mustangs notched their first goal of the contest at 9:34 of the second period when Brad Holman tallied his third goal of the season with assists going to Nick Russo (1) and Alex Lewis (2).
Morrisville received strong play from their penalty-killing unit in the second period, holding off the Ephs on three power plays.
The Ephs led 2-1 after two periods with Dombrosky stopping all 14 Eph attempts in the second period and Dougherty stopping three of four Mustang shots.
The Ephs committed three of their four penalties in the game in the third period and were just seven seconds from killing off the second penalty when the Mustangs' Marc-Albert Chaput scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at two. Jordan Carvalho (fifth) and John Doyle (fourth) each registered an assist on the game-tying tally by Chaput at 15:03.
Dombrosky turned aside eight more shots by Williams, while Dougherty stopped five of six Mustang shots in the first 60 minutes.
Just 80 seconds into the overtime session the Mustangs' Matthew Beer converted on a pass from Zach Baker, netting his third goal on the year and upping Baker's assist total to four and pinning the first loss of the season on the Ephs.
"We know what we have to do to improve," noted Kangas. "We just have to be more consistent each time we play. I'm hoping this first loss will help us focus and give us a great week of practice heading into league play this coming weekend."
Freshmen C.J. Shugart and David Italiano were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Ephs will return to action next weekend when they host NESCAC foes Hamilton on Friday night at 7:00 PM and Amherst on Saturday at 3:00 PM in Lansing Chapman Rink.