Men's Ice Hockey Moves Into Top 10 in Two National Polls

Michael Pinios '19
Michael Pinios '19

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Five straight wins for the Williams College men's ice hockey team (10-3-1/NESCAC 6-1-1), including a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday over Plattsburgh State that was ranked third nationally at the time, has lifted Bill Kangas' Ephs into the top ten in two national polls.

In the latest D3hockey.com poll the Ephs are ranked eighth and are one of seven eastern teams in the top 15 in the poll.

The U.S. College Hockey national poll has the Ephs ranked ninth up from 11th the week before.

The Ephs have allowed 21 goals in 14 games to date, while they have scored 34 goals (2.83/game).

Sophomore forward David Italiano scored the first and third goals in the upset of Plattsburgh State leads the Eph attack in goals scored, assists, and points. Italiano has scored six goals, assisted on seven, and has registered 13 points.

The Ephs have used two goalies this season with freshman Michael Pinios playing in eight contests, while senior Noah Klag has played in six games. Pinios in 479:37 in net has allowed just eight goals, sports a goals against average of 1.13 and owns a save percentage of .958. He has turned aside 204 of 213 shots. Pinios has authored one shutout in compiling a record of 7-1-0.

Klag has played 364.32, allowed 11 goals, and owns a 1.81 goals against average. He has saved 169 of 180 shots. Klag has one shutout this season as well and has a record of 3-2-1 this season.

To date the Ephs have scored on 11 of 53 (.208) power plays. Their penalty kill has fashioned a success rate of .900, killing off 45 of 50 power plays.

Owning a 6-1-1 record in NESCAC play the Ephs are currently in first place with Trinity at 6-2-0 in second place. All 10 of the Ephs' remaining regular season games will be NESCAC contests.

Next up for the Ephs is a weekend trip to Maine where they will play at Bowdoin on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then take on Colby on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.