Brockport, NY -- The Williams College Ephs (8-4-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Brockport Golden Eagles (6-6-1, 3-3-1 SUNYAC) 5-1 this afternoon on the road. Senior goaltender Stephen Morrissey made 28 saves on the afternoon to lead his team to victory, and freshman Nick VanBelle had a two goal game.
Starting in net for the Ephs was Morrissey, who came into the contest with a .910 save percentage. Starting in the opposite crease was senior Matt Schneider, who came into this match up with a .905 save percentage.
"Mo [Stephen Morrissey] was excellent tonight," commented Williams head coach Mike Monti. "He made some point blank saves and that was a huge factor in this afternoon's game."
The Ephs got off to a dominant start in the contest, scoring four goals in the opening period. The first of these goals game at the 3:49 mark. Eph sophomore Peter Christie (second goal) found the back of the net on a play assisted by junior Roberto Cellini (eighth assist) and freshman Bobby Beniers (third assist). This brought the game to 1-0 early on.
"Our tempo coming out of the gate was great tonight," noted Monti. "We were able to surround pucks and create sustained pressure. We battled in all three zones, and pushed pucks quickly up ice to odd man rushes."
Around three minutes later, sophomore Max Fuld cashed in on his third goal of the season to double his team's lead. Fuld was assisted on the play by Christie (fifth assist).
The final two goals of the period both came from Nick VanBelle (fourth and fifth goal, respectively). The first came at 12:02, and VanBelle was assisted on the play by sophomore Wyatt Glover (first assist).
The second of VanBelle's goals came right towards the period's close, at 19:15. Vanbelle was able to beat Schneider on a play assisted by junior Keanu Hilaire (second assist) and sophomore Will Somers (third assist).
After the first period, shots were 11-8 for Williams.
Starting the second period of play, Brockport made a goaltending change, Jake Moore getting between the pipes in place of Schneider.
The Ephs added one goal in the second period to contribute to their lead. At 4:49, freshman Daniel Wolfenden scored his first career goal as an Eph on an unassisted effort.
The second period ended with a score of 5-0.
Brockport was able to get on the board with several minutes remaining in the game. At 12:10, Brockport's senior Brandon McMartin was called to the box for interference, giving the Ephs the man advantage opportunity. The Golden Eagles were able to capitalize on this penalty kill, capturing a short handed goal at 13:43. Senior Dylan Shapiro (fifth goal) found a way to slide past the Williams defensive line and Morrissey to bring the team's goal deficit to four. Shapiro was assisted on the play by senior Aidan Verbeke (tenth assist) and junior Bryan Carville (first assist).
The game ended with a score of 5-1 for Williams. Shot count totals were 29-28 for Brockport.
The Golden Eagles next face Stevenson on Friday, January 12, puck drop at 7:00PM. Williams next faces off against Manhattanville Friday, January 12 at 7:00PM, on home ice.
"Both Manhattanville and Plattsburgh are coming into our building after winning tournaments last weekend," said Monti. "They are two very good teams that will require 60 minute efforts each night. We have to continue to stress puck possession and quick transitions."