NEW LONDON, CT -- The Williams College Ephs (5-0-0, 4-0-0 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (2-2-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC) 7-2 tonight on the road. Five of the seven Williams goals came from the special teams units, and this victory continues the Ephs' undefeated streak this season.
Williams came into this match with an undefeated season (four game win streak), having defeated Tufts last night 4-2. The Camels came into the contest after having shut out Middlebury yesterday, winning 5-0.
In net for the Ephs this afternoon was junior Michael Pinios, with sophomore goaltender Jake Pelton also seeing some action late in the third period. In the opposite crease was sophomore Avery Gobbo. Pinios made 26 saves on the night; Gobbo stopped 30 shots.
The first goal of the game came from the Ephs. At 3:37, senior C.J. Shugart fired one off on a play assisted by classmate Joe Welch. This marked Shugart's fourth goal of the season, and Welch's fourth assist.
At 8:23, Eph junior Connor Meike was sent to the box for holding. Williams spun this to their advantage, and capitalized while short handed just 18 seconds later. Freshman Tyler Scott scored his first goal of his Eph career at 8:41. Scott was assisted on the play by classmate Daniel Wolfenden (first assist) and junior Roberto Cellini (third assist). The Ephs killed the rest of the Conn. College power play, the score remaining 2-0.
The Camels brought the game back to within one a few minutes into the second period. At 4:55, freshman Paul Capozzi scored his first goal of his collegiate career, assisted by sophomore Jacob Moreau (first assist), the score now 2-1.
The Ephs were given a power play opportunity a few minutes later, after Camel Brett Stirling was sent to the box for slashing. At 7:57 Joe Welch converted on the man advantage for Williams, for his first goal of the season (second point of the game). Junior Marcus Mollica was awarded an assist on the play (fourth assist).
Right before the period's close, the Ephs padded their lead to three goals. At 19:56, on an unassisted play, sophomore Max Fuld (second goal) fired one past Gobbo to bring the score to 4-1 headed into the locker rooms.
The Camels responded quickly in the third period. At 2:50, Camel's Bryan Ackil (second goal) converted on a play assisted by Kevin Doyle (first assist) and Jake Farabee (fourth assist) to bring the game to within two, the score now 4-2.
The Ephs solidified their victory with three consecutive power play goals rounding out the third period. "Tonight, special teams came up huge for us," coach Monti noted. "We were able to score four power play goals, and score a short handed goal, while killing off two of our own penalties."
The first came after Camel Matt Michaud went to the box for hooking. At 5:18, junior Marcus Mollica cashed in his third goal of the year, with an assist from Welch (fifth assist, third point of the game).
At 6:27, Conn. College's William White went to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Ephs another power play. Just six seconds later, at 6:33, Eph senior David Italiano (second goal) capitalized with the extra man, assisted by freshman Myles Cunningham (fourth assist), the score now 6-2.
The final goal of the game came at 16:04 from the same goal-assist duo, Italiano (third goal) cashing in his second consecutive goal, Cunningham with his fifth assist of the season. This power play was presented to the Ephs after Brett Stirling was given a two-minute minor for elbowing. The game came to a close with a final score of 7-2 for Williams. Shot count was 37-28 for Williams.
"Connecticut College has a really hard nosed, tough team, and it was a battle of a game," stated Monti. "I have to commend our guys: our seniors, our juniors, our sophomores, and our first years. They have worked hard."
This game extends the Williams win streak to five games. The Ephs next face Amherst on the road next Friday, December 8th, at 7:30 PM. Connecticut College's next opponent is Salem State, that matchup taking place this Tuesday, December 5th, at home at 7:00 PM.