Eph Men's Ice Hockey Moves Up to 11th in USCHO.com National Poll

Sean Dougherty '15 by Bob Ewell
Sean Dougherty '15 by Bob Ewell

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Normally you would not expect a team to move up two places in the national poll with a 1-0-1 week, but Bill Kangas's Williams College men's ice hockey team (9-3-2) did just that.

On Friday afternoon the Ephs played to a 1-1 tie with Manhattanville. Luke Stickel was the lone Eph to tally a goal on the 38 shots the Ephs fired on goal. Eph senior goalie Noah Klagg stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Saturday night the Ephs traveled to Plattsburgh, NY to take on third ranked Plattsburgh State.

The Ephs scored five times in the first 27:20 to open up a substantial lead. Three of first four Eph goals were netted by senior Criag Kitto who helped the Ephs build a 5-0 lead.

With the loss to the Ephs Plattsburgh tumbled form third to ninth in the poll.

Sean Dougherty was stellar in goal for the Ephs, tuning aside 55 of 58 Plattsburgh scoring attempts.

St. Norbert (MN) remains the number one ranked team in the poll, again collecting all 20 first place votes. Williams is one of three NESCAC teams ranked in the top15 along with Trinity (5) and Amherst (12).

Next up for the Ephs is a pair of NESCAC games at home in Lansing Chapman Rink. On Friday at 7:00 PM Williams will host Colby and then on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM the Ephs will tangle with the Bowdoin Polar Bears.