Four-goal Second Period Dooms Ephs in Loss to Adrian

Four-goal Second Period Dooms Ephs in Loss to Adrian

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A four-goal second period was ultimately too much for the Williams College men's hockey team to overcome Saturday, as it dropped a 4-1 decision to Adrian College in the Pathfinder Bank Oswego State Hockey Classic.

Williams fell to 5-3-1 and will play the loser of Castleton State University and host Oswego State Sunday at 1 p.m. Adrian, which is unbeaten in its last 10 starts improved to 9-1-1 on the season,

The Ephs came out flying in the first period and it paid off early as Sam Gray took a feed from Luke Stickel to give Williams an early advantage just 3 minutes and 39 seconds after the opening faceoff. For Gray and Stickel, it was their first goal and assist of the 2015-16 campaign. Williams outshot Adrian 13-9 to take that one-goal lead into the first intermission.

The Bulldogs, however, turned the tables in the middle stanza by scoring four goals on 12 shots. Freshman Cameron Cooper tied it one-all at the 2:33 mark on a pass from classmate Connor Armour. Then just 2:51 later, sophomore alternate captain Mathew Thompson put the Bulldogs in front for good at 5:24 with his seventh tally on the season, with assists credited to sophomore Taylor McCloy and junior Michael Hoy.

An unassisted tally by Adam Davies with 4:56 left in the period extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-1, and Bryan Yim's power-play goal with 50 seconds left made it 4-1 heading into the third and final period. 

Neither team could score in the third period, but Adrian controlled play, outshooting the Ephs 14-3 over the final 20 minutes and 35-26 in the game.

Williams senior goaltender Noah Klag finished with 31 saves in the game. Adrian's Kevin Entmaa made 25 saves in the victory to improve to 7-0-0 on the season.