WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (10-8-0, 6-6-0 NESCAC) were defeated by the Connecticut College Camels (8-9-1, 7-4-1 NESCAC) 3-2 in the Lansing Chapman Rink this afternoon. The Camels were able to capture the victory late in the game off of a power play opportunity to seal their victory.
The Camels came into this game after having tied Middlebury yesterday 2-2 on the road. The Ephs lost to the Jumbos yesterday 4-2, and this game marks their fourth straight loss.
The Ephs defeated the Camels the first time these two teams met earlier this season, coming away with a decisive 7-2 road victory.
In net for the Ephs was senior Stephen Morrissey, while in the opposing crease was Connor Rodericks.
The Ephs scored the sole goal of the first period right towards the end of the first 20 minutes of play. At 19:22, senior David Italiano (eighth goal) fired off a shot past Rodericks on a play assisted by classmate Joe Welch (eighth assist) to bring the game to 1-0.
After the first period, shots were 7-4 for Williams.
The Camels responded shortly thereafter; just 1:18 into the second period, Conn. College was able to earn the equalizer. Senior Chris Jellison (fifth goal) got one past Morrissey on an unassisted play to bring the game to 1-1. This was the sole goal of the second period.
Shots in the second period were 14-7 for the Ephs.
The decisive stretch in the game came in the final twenty minutes. The Ephs set the tone in the period, scoring immediately, at :52, with Italiano capturing his second goal of the game (ninth goal of season) on a play assisted by classmate C.J. Shugart (fifth assist) and sophomore Derrick Spencer (first assist). This gave the Ephs the lead once again with a score of 2-1.
At 6:54, Conn. College responded once again to tie the game. Sophomore Ryan Petti (sixth goal) was able to beat Morrissey on the play, with freshman Brett Stirling (fourth assist) assisting on the play. This goal brought the score to an even 2-2.
The game winning goal came on a power play opportunity. At 16:19, Williams senior Roberto Cellini was called to the box for slashing, giving the Camels the extra man for two minutes. Connecticut College capitalized on this opportunity at 17:24, with sophomore Brenden Russ (second goal) cashing in on the game-winning goal for his team. Russ was assisted on the play by freshman Paul Capozzi (seventh assist) and Ryan Petti (ninth assist).
The game ended with the score of 3-2 for the Camels. Shots in the period were 18-7 for Williams, with an unbalanced game total of 39-18 for the home team.
The Ephs are on the road next weekend, facing Trinity Friday, February 2nd, with puck drop at 7:30 PM. This is followed up by a road match against Wesleyan on Saturday the 3rd, puck drop at 3:00 PM. The Camels face Tufts back to back next week, the first match taking place on Friday Feb. 2nd as well, on the road, puck drop at 7:00 PM.