Ephs Come Out on Top 3-1 Against St. Olaf

Craig Kitto '15
Craig Kitto '15

NORTHFIELD, MN -- The Williams Ephs (7-2-1) closed out their Minnesota trip with a 3-1 victory over the St. Olaf Oles (3-9-1). The Ephs' victory was a team effort, with three goals from three different players, and junior goaltender Noah Klag made twenty-seven saves to limit St. Olaf to just one goal in the contest.

The first period was largely uneventful for the first ten minutes. A little more than halfway through the first, JT Paine for the Oles went to the box for roughing, giving the Ephs their first man advantage opportunity. The Ephs were unable to capitalize on this power play, however.

Soon thereafter, at 16:51, sophomore Luke Stickel fired one past Oles goaltender Steve Papciak on an unassisted play, bringing the game to 1-0 after the first period. St. Olaf outshot Williams 12-8 in the first, however Klag was able to keep play settled for the Ephs: "Noah played really well for us today, especially in the first period. He calmed things down, and directed traffic well in front of the net for us, which was big especially early on," said head coach Bill Kangas. 

The Ephs scored two goals in the second period, both shortly following successful penalty kills.

The first came from sophomore Alex Gonye,  just :25 seconds after he left the penalty box for tripping. The goal was scored at 7:55, and Gonye was unassisted on the play.

At 15:04, senior Craig Kitto went to the box for cross-checking. After his teammates killed this penalty, Kitto scored on his next opportunity, at 17:38 into the second period. Kitto was assisted on the play by senior classmate Brian McNamara.

The Ephs fired off seventeen shots in the second, out shooting the Oles 17-8 in the period and 25-20 in the game.

In the third period, the Ephs had three successive power opportunities, however the squad was unable to convert on any of them.

The Oles drew a penalty against Luke Stickel for hooking at 15:39. This led to St. Olaf's sole goal of the game, as Nick Marsh got one past Noah Klag at 16:29. Steven Sherman and Jonas Fredriksson earned assists on the goal.

With 1:21 left in the game, the Oles pulled their goaltender to have the extra man advantage for the remainder of the game. However, this was to no avail, as Williams was able to shut down the St. Olaf offensive man advantage to ultimately win the game 3-1.

The Oles outshot the Ephs in the third 8-5, but the game shot count was in the Ephs' favor 30-28. Ep head coach Bill Kangas attributed this win to the squad's second period efforts: "As a team, the second period has been kind of a grind for us, and scoring two goals and getting as many shots off as we did in the second carried us and uplifted us for the win today."

The Ephs leave Minnesota winning both of their matches. "The team appreciated all of the parents and Williams alumni who attended and supported us in our weekend games," said Kangas. The Ephs now look to continue this momentum on into their next games. Williams will take to the road this coming weekend playing two NESCAC road contests, at Wesleyan on the 9th at 7:00 pm and at Trinity on the 10th at 4:00 pm.