ST. PETER, MN -- A game-winning power play goal by sophomore George Hunkele in the third period allowed Williams (6-2-1) to defeat Gustavus Adolphus (3-4-6) in the Ephs' first game back from their nearly month long break. Sophomore Tyler Young scored two goals for the Ephs, and senior goaltender Sean Dougherty made twenty-six saves to contribute to this win in Don Roberts Ice Rink.
The Ephs got on the board first, at 10:10 into the first period of play, when Young fired one past Gusties goaltender John McLean. Senior Brian McNamara and junior Greg Johnson were awarded assists on the play.
Just :24 seconds later, the Gusties responded to tie the game at one. Blake Schammel got one past Dougherty at 10:34, on the team's sixth shot of the game. Assists came from Conor Deal and Tim Donohue.
Shortly thereafter, Gustavus Adolphus scored again at 13:09, bringing the game to 2-1 in their favor. Deal shot one past Sean Dougherty for his fourth goal of the season. The shot came off of a pass from Drew Aspinwall, who earned the assist on the play.
The Ephs came out of the first period behind 2-1, however the shot count was in their favor 15-11.
The second period was defined by penalties on both sides, with the Ephs serving two penalties and the Gusties serving three.
Senior Alex DeBaere served the first penalty of the game at 2:05 minutes into the second for tripping. The Ephs effectively killed this Gusties' power play opportunity.
At 7:54 into the second, Tyler Young scored his second goal of the game for Williams, tying the game, and bringing the score to 2-2. Sophomore James McNamara and senior Craig Kitto assisted Young on the play.
Just :25 seconds later, Williams was given their first power play opportunity of the game, however they were unable to capitalize. Williams also had a two-man advantage for two minutes at 16:14, but this 5-3 power play was unsuccessful for the Ephs.
Young's goal was the only goal of the period, with shots again in Williams' favor, 7-6 for the period and 22-17 overall.
In the final period, Williams only fired off three shots on goal, but Sean Dougherty stopped eleven to keep the Gusties from scoring in the third.
At 6:22, Tyler Lapic for Gustavus Adolphus went to the penalty box for hooking. This led to a power play goal for the Williams squad at 7:39, when George Hunkele got one past Gusties' John McLean, bringing the game to 3-2 for the Ephs. Sophomore classmates Luke Stickel and Sam Gray earned assists on the play.
With 1:20 minutes remaining in the game, Gustavus Adolphus head coach Brett Petersen called a timeout for the Gusties, and pulled the goaltender at 18:55. Sean Dougherty and the Ephs allowed nothing to get past them, however, and the game finished with a score 3-2 for the Ephs. The Gusties outshot the Ephs in this contest 28-25.
This win for Williams brings their overall record to 6-2-1. The Ephs will play against St. Olaf tomorrow at 3:00 pm (EST), finishing off the squad's trip in Minnesota.