WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams Ephs (13-5-2, 9-4-1 NESCAC) failed to score for the first fifty-eight minutes of play to ultimately fall to the Trinity Bantams (17-2-1, 12-1-1 NESCAC) 3-1 today in Lansing Chapman Rink. Ryan Cole for the Bantams scored in the first period to create a 1-0 lead that lasted the majority of the game. Trinity's Elie Vered made the game 2-0 late in the third period. Even though Ephs' sophomore Tyler Young brought the game to within one with around one minute to play, Conor Coveney scored on an empty-netter to decide this match.
The last time these two teams met was in January on the road, a game in which Trinity just edged the Ephs out to take a 3-2 victory. Coming into this match, Trinity was 16-2-1 overall and 11-1-1 in the NESCAC. Williams had an overall record of 13-4-2, with a 9-3-1 NESCAC record.
Trinity is currently ranked first in the conference, and fourth in the nation. Williams is currently ranked third in the conference, and thirteenth in the nation. The Bantams boast an average of 4.32 goals per game, while the Ephs average 3.37 goals per game.
"Trinity is one of the best teams in the country, they're a good hockey team. We had a 1-0 game, and hockey is one of those games that is all about momentum," remarked Williams head coach Bill Kangas. "I thought they played well, and we took some untimely penalties, and we weren't able to get some of our play going. It just takes one shift and one play, it just took a while for us to get there today."
Sean Dougherty started in net for the Ephs this afternoon, coming into this contest with a .919 save percentage in fifteen games played. In net for the Bantams was Nathaniel Heilbron, who came into this match with a .930 save percentage in sixteen games played. Dougherty made twenty-nine saves in this contest, while Heilbron made thirty-eight.
Trinity got the first power play opportunity of the game at 2:09 after freshman David Italiano was whistled for elbowing. Coming into this man advantage, Trinity's power play percentage was 28.8 this season. The Ephs have been 78.9% on the penalty kill. No goal resulted from this man advantage.
The Bantams managed to get on the board first in this contest, when at 15:33 Ryan Cole (11th goal) shot one over Dougherty's left shoulder, right as Tyler Young was exiting the penalty box for slashing, and play evened up to 4-4. Cole was assisted on the play by teammates Sean Orlando (9th assist) and Jackson Brewer (19th assist).
After the first period, the Bantams were up 1-0, with shots just in Trinity's favor 11-10.
At 5:27 into the second period, sophomore Sam Gray went to the box on account of boarding, giving the Bantams another chance on the power play. Shortly thereafter, Bantams' goaltender Heilbron robbed senior Alex DeBaere of a blocker-side short-handed opportunity. DeBaere had two goals in last night's game, one of them having been short-handed. The Ephs successfully killed the power play.
At 16:52, the Ephs went on the power play after Greg Rooney for the Bantams went to the box for tripping. This was the Ephs' first full power play of the game. Coming into this man advantage opportunity, the Ephs were 27.4% on the power play overall this season.
No goals were scored in the second period. Trinity had the advantage in shot count, leading 23-20 overall, and 12-10 in the period.
At 4:38 into the third period, Tyler Young went to the penalty box after being called for unsportsmanlike conduct. With :32 seconds left on the Bantam's power play, Elie Vered for Trinity was called for interference, not only evening play to 4-4, but giving the Ephs a power play following the completion of Young's two minutes.
At 17:44, Trinity's Elie Vered scored his eighth goal of the season off of an odd man rush, bringing the score to 2-0. Vered was assisted on the play by Paul Burns (5th assist) and Jackson Brewer (20th assist).
"When it got to 2-0, I thought we played a little harder, we were stronger on the puck," noted Kangas. "It's not like we didn't have opportunities, we just weren't able to cash in, and they did. We weren't able to do that, we've got to get a little better, we know that."
After Sean Dougherty was pulled to gain the extra attacker in the final minutes of play, Williams scored at 18:49 to bring the game within one. This goal made the score 2-1, as Tyler Young (5th goal) got one past Heilbron. Young was assisted on the play by David Italiano (10th assist) and senior David Jarrett (12th assist).
At 19:24, Conor Coveney (3rd goal) for the Bantams scored an empty-netter to seal the deal for Trinity, bringing the game to 3-1. The Ephs ended up with more shots on goal than the Bantams, with the game totals reaching 39-32. Williams dominated third period offensive chances, outshooting the Bantams 19-9.
"There's a reason why they have two losses and are the first in the league. In order to beat teams like this we've got to work a little hard, and be a little more disciplined."
This loss brings the Ephs' overall record to 13-5-2, with a conference record of 9-4-1. This match moves the Bantams' overall record to 17-2-1, with a 12-1-1 conference record.
Williams next faces Middlebury on the road Friday at 7:00 PM and then on Saturday at 7:00 PM the Ephs will close out the weekend by hosting Middlbury in Lansing Chapman Rink. Trinity next faces Bowdoin Friday at 7:30 PM.