Ephs to Host Bowdoin in NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Contest Saturday 3:00 PM

David Italiano '18
David Italiano '18

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – For the third year in a row the Williams College men's ice hockey team will open its quest for a NESCAC title with a home game in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Tournament.

The Ephs are seeded fourth in this year's NESCAC Tournament and will host fifth-seeded Bowdoin in Lansing Chapman Rink at 3:00 PM.

Ticket prices: Adults $3.00, Students $1.00.

Trinity earned the top seed and home ice advantage throughout the 2015 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship for the second consecutive season. Amherst (2nd), Connecticut College (3rd) and Williams earned the right to host quarterfinal contests.

The highest remaining seed following the weekend will host both semifinals and the final Mar. 7-8. The NESCAC champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Bill Kangas's Ephs got off to a fast start this season, but have struggled of late. The Ephs (14-8-2/10-7-1 NESCAC) have posted a 7-2-1 home ice record this season, including a 5-2 win over first round opponent Bowdoin on January 24.

All-time the Ephs are 6-9 in NESCAC quarterfinal contests, but have fashioned a 5-1 record in the last six years.

The fifth-seeded Bowdoin Polar Bears (14-7-3/8-7-3 NESCAC) are two-time defending NESCAC Champions.

Bowdoin also got off to a fast start this season going 6-0-1 in their first seven games. The tie, 3-3, came in the second game of the season when they hosted Williams. Bowdoin went 3-2 in the last five games of the regular season.

The Polar Bears are looking to advance to their sixth consecutive NESCAC semifinal.

All-time in NESCAC Tournament play Bowdoin owns a 2-1 advantage over Williams with both wins over the Ephs coming in the NESCAC championship match in 2011 and 2013.

Bowdoin averages 3.68 goals a game, while Williams is averaging 3.08. The Polar Bears allow 2.29 goals a game and the Ephs have allowed 2.50 per contest.

Bowdoin features the NESCAC's top power play scoring 32.6% of the time, while the Ephs tally a goal 25.5% of the time.

Williams leads NESCAC in fewest penalty minutes 7.1 per game and Bowdoin is second averaging 7.6 per game.

Bowdoin is second in successfully killing off penalties in NESCAC with a rate of 84.7% and Williams is seventh not allowing a goal 78.3% of the time.

Offensively Bowdoin is led in scoring by the senior forward tandem of Connor Quinn and John McGinnis and both have 23 points on the year. Quinn leads in goals with 10 and he has assisted on 13 scores, while McGinnis has fired in nine goals and accumulated 14 assists.

Over the last third of the season Bowdoin has split the net minding duties between senior Max Fenkell and freshman Peter Cronin. In 16 games, 15 starts, Fenkell has allowed 31 goals in 895 minutes. His goals against average is 2.08, his save percentage is .922 and his record is 8-4-2 with four of the wins being shutouts.

Cronin has played in 10 contests and started nine. He has allowed 23 goals in 556 minutes. Cronin's goals allowed average is 2.48 and his save percentage is .911. He owns a record of 6-3-1.

The Williams attack features two players with at least 21 points in senior forward Craig Kitto and freshman forward David Italiano. Kitto leads the Ephs in goals (11), assists (14), and points (25). Kitto is a Joe Concannon Award Semi-Finalist.

Italiano's 21 points have come on 10 goals and 11 assists.

Senior goalie Sean Dougherty has started 20 games and logged 1194 minutes. Dougherty has allowed 49 goals and sports a goals against average of 2.46. Dougherty's save percentage is .911. Dougherty is also a Joe Concannon Award Semi-Finalist.