WATERVILLE, MAINE – The Williams College hockey team (11-4-1/7-2-1 NESCAC ) earned a split in their two games in Maine by bouncing back form a 1-0 loss at Bowdoin last night to capture a 3-1 win at Colby (5-8-4/3-7-2 NESCAC).
The loss at Bowdoin snapped a five-game overall win streak by the Ephs and a four-game NESCAC win streak.
The Ephs scored all the goals they would need to claim the victory in the first period when they opened up a 2-0 lead. Both goals came off the stick of Dan Doherty. The goals were the first two that Doherty has scored this season. CJ Shugart was credited with an assist on both Doherty scores and Zander Masucci was credited with an assist on the first goal of the game.
Doherty opened the scoring in the contest at 15:34 of the opening period when he converted off passes from Zander Masucci and CJ Shugart. Shugart was in the left circle, but found Doherty just outside the right post. Dohetrty one-timed the perfectly weighted pass from Shugart into the net to put Williams on top 1-0.
Less than three minutes later Doherty doubled the Eph lead again teaming up with Shugart. This time Shugart's pass, again from the left circle, was blasted and not shoveled past goalie Emerson Verrier's left side by Doherty.
The Ephs held a 13-5 advantage in shots in the first period and took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
"I thought we had a little more jump today and we got off to a great start going up 2-0," noted Eph head coach Bill Kangas.
At 3:09 of the second period Colby forward Phil Kilitrinos was whistled to the penalty box for two minutes for holding.
The Ephs wasted little time capitalizing on their power play opportunity. Captain Zander Masucci netted a wrist shot over the glove hand of Verrier boosting the Eph lead to 3-0. Sam Gray and David Italiano notched assists on the Masucci score.
Colby out shot the Ephs in the second period 17 to 9, but Eph senior goalie Noah Klag was stellar in goal, especially in denying shots by the Mules from close in on the net out of a pair of late period scrambles.
The Ephs went into the second break leading 3-0.
Colby made things interesting in the third period when they got on the scoreboard at
13:45 as Jack Burton backhanded a shot to the roof of the net from Klag's right side. Geoff Sullivan and Kevin Doherty assisted on the Burton score.
Energized by the Burton tally the Mules began to muster several forward surges that required Klag to maintain his composure with the high traffic in front of the net.
With 17:29 gone in the final session the Mules called a timeout and took out Verrier to add another shooter. At 18:53 Klag dimmed the hopes of the Mules when he stopped a point blank attempt by Colin Reilly and forced a faceoff to his left.
"I thought we competed well the whole game and when Colby had their surge in the third period we continued to play well and defend as a team," added Kangas.
The Ephs special teams play stood out today as they tallied a goal on their lone power play opportunity and they killed off all three of their penalties.
Noah Klag turned aside 32 of 33 shots by the Mules in the win, while Colby's Emerson Verrier made 27 saves and allowed three goals.
"After a tough loss last night it was a credit to our team to play the way they did and earn a team win, sending us into next weekend on a positive note," Kangas stated.
The Ephs will next play on Friday at home when they host Tufts at 7:00 p.m. and then host the Camels of Connecticut College at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Lansing Chapman Rink.
Tomorrow afternoon from 2-4:00 p.m. in Lansing Chapman Rink both the men's and women's Eph hockey teams will be skating with their friends and fans. The event is free and open to the public. Skate rentals are available at Goff's on Spring Street.