MEDFORD, MA -- Williams (12-4-2) took a 4-2 victory over the Tufts Jumbos (7-10-1) in their second meeting of the season this evening. The Ephs scored two unanswered goals in the third period, with sophomore Sam Gray burying the game winner early on in the period to lock in this victory. Junior Noah Klag in net for the Ephs made twenty-nine saves in the contest.
The Ephs last faced the Jumbos early on in the season back in late December, where Williams came away shutting out Tufts with a 9-0 victory.
Coming into this match, Tufts was 7-9-1 overall and 4-6-1 in the NESCAC, while Williams had an overall record of 11-4-2 and was 7-3-1 in the NESCAC this season. Noah Klag was in net for Williams in this contest, who had an impressive .964 save percentage coming into this match. In net for Tufts was Mason Pulde, who came into the game with a sturdy .900 save percentage.
The Ephs were the first to get on the board, when at 16:01 into the first period, senior David Jarrett scored his third goal of the season off of a pass from junior Zander Masucci. This marked Masucci's second assist of the year.
The Jumbos were quick to respond, however. At 17:36, senior Andrew White scored his fourth goal of the season after he followed up on his own rebound. Teammate Stewart Bell was awarded his third assist of the season on the play.
After one period of play, the shot count was in the Ephs' favor 16-12, and the match was tied 1-1.
The second period began with a power play opportunity for the Ephs. Brian Oullette for the Jumbos took a roughing penalty at the end of the first period of play, giving the Ephs a full two minutes on the man advantage to start the second. Williams was unable to convert on this power play opportunity, however.
Ephs' Sam Gray took a penalty for holding at 3:50. Just eight seconds later, the Jumbos capitalized on the power play when Sean Kavanagh got one past Noah Klag off of a pass from teammate Brian Brown at 3:58. Kavanaugh, with his fourth goal of the season, was assisted on the play by Brown (eighth assist) and Tyler Voigt (tenth assist). This goal gave the Jumbos a 2-1 lead.
Williams came back to tie the game at 9:00, when sophomore Tyler Young fired one past goaltender Mason Pulde. This marked Young's fourth goal of the season, and he was assisted by David Jarrett (eleventh assist) and freshman Dan Doherty (third assist). This rounded out scoring for the second period, making the game 2-2 headed into the third.
After two periods of play, the shot count was still in the Ephs' favor 27-22, with a second period total of 11-10.
"We went behind 2-1 at one point in the second period, but our guys really stuck with it today. I thought we really elevated our game in the third period, and I think that was a positive thing to take away from this match," said Williams head coach Bill Kangas. "It is pretty clear that everyone is good in the league, that anyone can win. We have to continue to work hard, to realize that it is a sixty minute game, and work from there."
The Ephs scored the only two goals of the third period. The first came at just 3:12 into the period, when Sam Gray fired one past Jumbos' goaltender Pulde, marking his third goal of the season. Sophomore James McNamara (seventh assist) and senior Alex DeBaere (third assist) earned assists on the play.
With around a minute remaining in the contest, and the Ephs up 3-2, the Jumbos pulled their goaltender to gain the extra attacker. However this proved to be costly, as DeBaere buried an empty-netter in the final seconds of play to seal the victory for the Ephs. DeBaere was assisted by junior Greg Johnson (fourth assist).
Williams won with a final score of 4-2, and a final shot count of 40-31 after the Ephs outshot the Jumbos in the third period 13-9.
With this victory, the Ephs' record moves to 12-4-2 overall, and 8-3-1 in the conference. Tufts' overall record moves to 7-10-1, with a conference record of 4-7-1.
"I think we competed a lot harder today, as compared to yesterday's game. I think we learned a lot this weekend. We are on the road, and we are playing good teams, and we have to be ready to play," commented Kangas on today's rebound after yesterday's defeat against Connecticut College. "We really have to compete, and compete hard, for an entire game to get these wins- that is just the way our league is."
The Jumbos next take on Connecticut College Friday at 7:00 PM. Williams next plays Wesleyan Friday at 7:00 PM at home.