Ephs Now Ranked 13th in USCHO.com National Poll

Craig Kitto '15 by Bob Ewell
Craig Kitto '15 by Bob Ewell

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – After a 1-1 week the Williams College men's ice hockey team has slipped from 12th to 13th in the USCHO.com national poll.

The Ephs won at Wesleyan 3-1 on Friday night and then lost at Trinity on Saturday 3-2 when the Bantams scored with just 21 seconds remaining in the third period.

NESCAC has four teams in the top 15 with Trinity (10-1-1) ranked 9th, Amherst (9-2-2) is ranked 10th, the Ephs are 8-3-1 and 12th and Bowdoin is 15th with a record of (7-3-2).

St. Norbert (MN) holds down the top spot in the poll with a record of 11-2-1 and they received 10 first place votes, while Norwich at 13-1-1 with nine first place votes is ranked second.

Seven of the top 15 teams are from New England with Norwich, Babson (sixth (12-2-1) and UMass-Boston 11th (11-2-1) joining the NESCAC quartet.

Leading the Eph attack are senior Craig Kitto who has five goals and is tied for team high with nine assists (14 points), freshman C.J. Shugart who has a team-high six goals to go with six assists (12 points and sophomore Tyler Young who has three goals and is tied with Kitto for team high in assists with nine for a total of 12 points.

Four of Shugart's goals have come on the power play.

Senior defenseman David Jarrett ranks seventh in NESCAC scoring for defenders with two goals and six assists (8 points).

Senior goalie Sean Dougherty is third in NESCAC in goals against average (2.08). Dougherty in 604:50 between the pipes has allowed 21 goals.

Next up for the Ephs is a home encounter with the Manhattanville College Valiants. The Valiants are 6-5-1 on the year 6-5-3 on the year, but have lost just once in their last six contests, posting 3 wins and two ties.

The Ephs and the Valiants will drop the puck at 3:00 PM on Friday, January 16 in Lansing Chapman Rink.