OSWEGO, NY – The Williams College men's ice hockey team (6-3-1) got back in the win column today capturing the consolation game of the Pathfinder Bank/Oswego Classic 7-1 over Castleton University (1-11-1).
Williams, ranked 13th in the latest USCHO.com poll, was defeated by 4th-ranked Adrian College in yesterday's first round tourney contest 4-1, but the Ephs brought their offense today, scoring the first six goals of the game.
Junior forward Tyler Young powered the Eph offensive outburst by notching a hat trick and recording two assists on the day. Two of Young's tallies came in the opening 20 minutes when he scored the first and third goals for the Ephs. At 7:04 Young converted off a feed from Zander Masucci and he closed the scoring in the period when he scored again at 16:54, teaming up with David Italiano and Frankie Mork.
The middle goal of the first period by the Ephs was scored by sophomore forward David Italiano on a power play opportunity. Italiano was assisted by Zander Masucci and Sam Gray. Italiano scored his second goal of the contest at 4:10 of the third period, exactly one minute after Castleton scored their lone goal.
Williams out shot Castleton 18-6 in the first period in building the 3-0 lead at the break and in the second period the Ephs fired off an additional 14 shots and three of those shots found the back of the net.
The Lata goal retired Castleton goalie Brody Wagner to the bench, having faced 21 shots and allowing four goals. Wagner was replaced in goal by Ryan Mulder. Mulder closed out the contest by finishing the second period and playing the entire third period. Mulder made 18 saves and allowed three goals on the day.
The Ephs converted a second power play opportunity at 12:03 of the second period when sophomore forward Colby Cretella beat Moulder. Assisting on the Cretella goal were Tyler Young and James McNamara.
Tyler Young's hat trick goal came on an even strength goal in the second period when he scored at 17:04 with Frankie Mork getting credit for the assist on the goal.
The Ephs took a 6-0 advantage into the second intermission.
Castleton got on the scoreboard at 3:10 of the third period when Derek Gingra scored off of feeds from Adam Carnestad and Ryan O'Toole.
Italiano capped the scoring in the contest with his second goal one minute after the Gingra tally.
Eph first year netminder Michael Pinios collected his fourth win of the year against one loss by turning aside 23 of 24 shots by Castleton.
Tyler Young was accorded All-Tournament team honors for his play.
The Ephs will next be in action this coming weekend when they host Trinity on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in two key NESCAC encounters.