WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (10-7-0, 6-5-0 NESCAC) were defeated by the Tufts College Jumbos (4-11-2, 3-7-1 NESCAC) 4-2 Friday night in the Lansing Chapman Rink. The Jumbos were able to net the only two goals of the third period to take the tie game after 40 minutes of play into a 4-2 win.
In net for the Ephs was junior Michael Pinios (31 saves), while in the opposing crease for the Jumbos was senior Nik Nugnes (27 saves).
The Ephs scored the sole goal of the first period, with junior Marcus Mollica getting on the board right out of the gate at 1:15 of the game. Mollica (fifth goal) was assisted by senior C.J. Shugart (fourth assist) on the play.
Shots were an even 9-9 after the first period of play, the score 1-0 for Williams.
The Jumbos responded back to back in the second period to equalize and subsequently capture the lead. After Ephs Daniel Wolfenden was called to the box for holding and the Jumbos had the man advantage, sophomore defenseman Cooper Stahl was able to capture his first goal of the season for Tufts, finding a way to get one past Pinios on a play assisted by freshman Craig Uyeno (second assist). This brought the game to 1-1.
Just :37 seconds later, Tufts was able to bring the game to 2-1. At 7:26, sophomore Jordan Haney fired off his second goal of the season to bring his team the lead midway through the game. Classmate Ross Delabruere was able to pick up his first assist of the season on the play.
At the closing of the second period, the Ephs were able to respond on the extra man to tie the game. Senior Brian Brown was given a five minute major for boarding, and Williams special teams was able to capitalize at 19:31, when Marcus Mollica scored his second goal of the game on a play assisted by freshmen Tyler Scott (fourth assist) and Myles Cunningham (sixth assist), bringing the game to 2-2 headed into the final period of play.
Shot count in the second period was 16-8 for Tufts.
The Jumbos scored the final two goals of the game. At 7:25, senior Joe Welch was called to the box for boarding, and the Jumbos converted on this opportunity right away at 7:33. Sophomore Tyler Scroggins (fifth goal) was able to fire one through the Eph defensive unit, assisted by Brian Brown (sixth assist). This brought the game to 3-2.
Scroggins was also able to add a second goal to his game night tally at 19:35 to solidify his team's victory on an empty netter, after Pinios was called to the bench for the Ephs to grab the extra man. Scroggins (sixth goal) was unassisted on the empty-netter that brought the game to its final score of 4-2.
Shots in the period were 10-7 for Williams.
This loss marks the third straight loss for the Ephs, who take on Connecticut College Saturday afternoon (Jan. 27) with a 3:00 PM start. The Jumbos face Middlebury at 4:00 PM on the road Saturday as well.