Williamstown, MA -The Williams College Ephs (6-4-2, 4-2-2 NESCAC) won against the Brockport Golden Eagles (5-7-1, 4-5-0 SUNYAC) 4-1 this evening at the Lansing Chapman Rink. Brockport was the first on the board but the Ephs dominated with four unanswered goals.
"They (Brockport) played really well in the first period but we were able to clean up our game in the second and third period," head coach Bill Kangas said.
A delayed Williams penalty sent junior C.J. Shugart to the box for interfering with Brockport goaltender, freshman Matt Schneider at 7:28. Thirty seconds later, the Golden Eagles were on the board with a goal by senior Jake Taylor, assisted by sophomore Bryan Carville, at 8:04. This brought the game to 1-0 early for the Golden Eagles.
With the end of the period quickly coming to a close, the Ephs rallied and scored two goals within three minutes to tie the game, and subsequently take the lead. At 16:12 of the first, junior David Italiano scored his sixth goal of the season, and was assisted by sophomore Roberto Cellini and senior Tyler Young on the play. Shortly thereafter, senior George Hunkele scored his twenty seventh goal of his career, assisted by senior Sam Gray and Shugart, at 18:26. Hunkele's goal gave the Ephs the one-goal advantage heading into the second period.
The second period saw no goals as both teams played pretty evenly. Each team had a power play opportunity but neither could convert on the opportunities. Williams, however, did outshoot the Golden Eagles 15-6.
Following the precedent set in the first period of goals scored closely together, the Ephs scored their next two goals within two minutes at the beginning of the third period. Sophomore Roberto Cellini, assisted by senior Tyler Young and junior David Italiano, scored at 4:15 to extend the Eph lead to two goals, game score now at 3-1.
Eph goaltender junior Stephen Morrissey played in this third fourth game of his career and extended his save percentage to 0.936 after saving all but one of the 20 Brockport shots.
"Steve has been playing well so we're happy to play him," Kangas said. "This is a good win for us but there is always room for improvement."
The Ephs will continue their season with an away non-conference game against Manhattanville Friday at 3pm.