Ephs Tie Manhattanville Valiants 1-1

Luke Stickel '17/Bob Ewell
Luke Stickel '17/Bob Ewell

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College Men's Hockey (8-3-2) tied Manhattanville College (6-5-4) 1-1 this afternoon at the Lansing Chapman Ice Rink. The Ephs got on the board early in the second period, when sophomore Luke Stickel cashed in his fifth goal of the season. Manhattanville came back to tie the game halfway through the third, after a defensive scramble by the Ephs opened a gap for Teagan Waugh to get one on the board.

Coming into this contest, Manhattanville College had a record of 6-5-3, and are 1-3-1 in the ECAC West. Williams came into the match with an 8-3-1 overall record, and are 5-2-1 in the NESCAC.

The starting goaltenders in the match-up were Brian Fleming for Manhattanville and junior Noah Klag for Williams. Fleming made thirty-seven saves in the game, and Klag made twenty-six.

The Ephs took the first offensive advantage in the first at 4:48, when the Valiants were called for too many men on the ice. Just over a minute later, sophomore Sam Gray went to the box for interference, evening up on-ice play.

Williams got their second power play opportunity of the game at 12:10 when Kevin Struempfler for Manhattanville went to the box for holding. Just two and a half minutes later, the Ephs were yet again on the power play after Tanner Hicks for Manhattanville was called for interference. Williams was unable to capitalize on either of these opportunities, however. Coming into the match, the Ephs were fifteen for forty-six on power play opportunities this season, at around a thirty-three percent conversion rate.

After the first period of play, the shot count was in the Ephs' favor 12-7, with the score tied at zero.

At 2:31 into the second period, sophomore Luke Stickel fired one past Brian Fleming, to get the Ephs on the board, making the game 1-0. Stickel was assisted by junior Matt Werner, who cashed in his first assist of the season.

Just over a minute later, the Ephs went on the penalty kill after freshman Dan Doherty went to the box for slashing. At 16:24, senior Craig Kitto went to the box for tripping, giving Manhattanville another chance with the man advantage. Coming into this match, Williams had an eighty-three percent success rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Ephs were given a chance on the power play late in the period, after Stephen Gaul for the Valiants went to the box for boarding. As a result, the Ephs went into the third period with :23 seconds left with the man advantage.

After two periods, the Ephs lead in shots 23-14 and were up 1-0 in the match.

The first half of the third period was defined much in part by back and forth play. At 11:38, Manhattanville evened the score, when Eph goaltender Noah Klag got caught outside of the crease, and Teagan Waugh buried the equalizer. Waugh was assisted by teammate Stephen Gaul. This goal capped off scoring in regulation, sending the game into overtime with the score tied at one apiece.

Manhattanville took a timeout with 2:30 remaining in overtime, however overtime proved fruitless for both sides, the game finishing at 1-1. Williams' record moves to 8-3-2, and Manhattanville's record is now 6-5-4. Manhattanville next plays Utica Saturday at 7:00 PM. Williams next takes on Plattsburgh St. Saturday at 7:00 PM.