WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (13-4-1, 9-2-1 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (3-13-2, 0-10-2 NESCAC) 3-1 this afternoon at the Lansing Chapman Rink. The Ephs fired off two goals within 17 seconds in the second period to secure their four point weekend.
The last time these two teams faced off was in early December in New London, CT, where the Ephs came away victorious with a 3-1 result. Last night, Williams faced off against Tufts at home, and came away with a 4-0 win. Connecticut College was at Middlebury yesterday, and came up short in a close game decided in overtime 1-0 loss.
"We did a nice job moving the puck and supporting each other on both the offensive and defensive lines. I think our ability to support one another is what really helped us today and this weekend in getting four points" commented Williams head coach Bill Kangas.
Williams set the tone in the first period, getting on the board early on. At 4:50, freshman Michael Lata fired one through to cash in his third goal of the season. Lata was assisted on the play by junior George Hunkele (sixth assist) and sophomore Joe Welch (third assist). This gave the Ephs the early 1-0 lead.
The Camels responded later on in the period at 13:08, bringing the game back to an even score of 1-1. Freshman Jake Farabee scored his first collegiate goal and first career goal as a Camel tonight, beating Williams' freshman goaltender Michael Pinios on the play. Farabee was assisted on the play by classmate William White (second assist) and junior Ryan Mowery (fourth assist).
This rounded out scoring in the first period, the score 1-1, and shot count being in Connecticut College's favor 12-10.
Two more goals came out of the second period of play, both generated from Williams' offensive unit. The first was at 15:31, when senior Zander Masucci got one past Camels' goaltender Tom Conlin on a play assisted by Hunkele (seventh assist, second point of game) and freshman Keanu Hilaire. This marked Masucci's fifth goal of the season, and Hilaire's first career point as an Eph. This goal gave the Ephs the one goal lead, the score now 2-1.
Williams doubled their lead just 17 seconds later. At 15:48 of the second period, junior Tyler Young got one through the Camels' defensive unit, shooting the puck through off of an assist from sophomore David Italiano (ninth assist). This marked Young's seventh goal on the season.
The Ephs left the second period with a two goal lead, with shot totals after two periods coming to 25-18 for Williams.
Connecticut College mounted a comeback attempt in the final minutes of the game, however they were only able to cut down Williams' lead by one. At 16:44 of the third period, freshman Matt Michaud netted his fourth goal of the season, sliding one past Pinios in goal to bring the game to its final score of 3-2. Michaud was assisted on the play by classmate Jon Paris (second assist) and senior Sebastian Meltzer (third assist).
The game ended with the score at 3-2 for the Ephs. Williams had 32 shots in the contest, while Connecticut College fired off 22. Williams' netminder Michael Pinios made 20 saves while Camels' goaltender Tom Conlin made 29 saves.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Kangas said: "Every game is a big game. For next weekend, looking towards Trinity, we're going to take it one day at a time. I think our success has been a culmination of all our hard work thus far. So we're looking to just make it to Monday and then after that, Tuesday, and so on."
The Camels next face off against Tufts on February 5th, with puck drop occurring at 7:00 PM. The Ephs next play Trinity also on the 5th, with puck drop at 7:30 PM.