WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (13-10-0, 9-8-0 NESCAC) defeated Amherst College Mammoths (11-8-4, 8-5-4 NESCAC) 6-5 on home ice for the last weekend of the regular season. Sophomore Max Fuld and freshman Tyler Scott each had three point games for the Ephs.
In net for the Ephs tonight was junior Michael Pinios, who made 24 saves on the night. Starting in net for Amherst was sophomore Giancarlo Ventre who made 23 saves, but was relieved by senior Connor Girard for the last 13 minutes of play.
The Ephs took a 3-1 lead in the first period. The first goal came from freshman Daniel Wolfenden (second goal) on a play assisted by senior David Italiano (eighth assist) and junior Roberto Cellini (14th assist). This brought the game to an early 1-0 lead.
Amherst was quickly able to equalize, though. At 7:28, junior Jack Fitzgerald (eighth goal) was able to get one past Pinios on a play assisted by sophomore Joey Lupo (sixth assist). This brought the game to 1-1.
Williams recaptured the lead near the midway point of the period. At 10:29, senior C.J. Shugart (12th goal) was able to fire one past Ventre on a play assisted by classmate Colby Cretella (fourth assist) and freshman Myles Cunningham (seventh assist).
Less than two minutes later, the Ephs padded their lead to two goals. At 12:02, Woolfenden scored his second goal of the period and game. Woolfenden (third goal) was assisted by sophomore Max Fuld (second assist) and Tyler Scott (seventh assist), to bring the game to 3-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Shot count after the first period was an even 8-8.
The Ephs scored three uncontested goals in the second period.
The first came from freshman Nick VanBelle (eighth goal) at just 1:07 into the second period. VanBelle was assisted by Shugart (sixth assist) and freshman Jack McCool (sixth assist), the score now 4-1.
Less than three minutes later, the same line was able to produce another goal, to bring the score to 6-1. Fuld cashed in on his second consecutive goal (fifth goal), with Scott (ninth assist) and Mollica (ninth assist) earning assists on this play as well.
Shots in the second period were 15-7 for the Ephs.
"The first and second period, we were able to capitalize offensively," noted Williams head coach Mike Monti. "It was nice to score six even strength goals. Our five on five play was good."
Amherst put substantial pressure on the Ephs in the final 20 minutes of play, scoring four unanswered goals to ultimately bring the game to within one.
The first goal came at just :47 seconds into the period, with Joey Lupo (seventh goal) firing off an unassisted goal to bring the game to 6-2.
At 4:51, junior Connor Meike was served a five minute major for deliberate injury, as well as a game misconduct. This allowed the Mammoths five minutes on the power play.
Amherst was able to score twice on this man advantage. The first came at 8:40, with Joey Lupo scoring his second goal of the night (eighth goal). Lupo was assisted by Jack Fitzgerald (sixth assist) and sophomore P.J. Conlon (fourth assist). This goal brought the game to within three, the score now 6-3.
The second goal on this power play came at 9:35, with senior Thomas Lindstrom (ninth goal) firing one through the Eph defensive unit. Sophomores Patrick Daly (eighth assist) and Noah GIlreath (first assist) earned assists on the goal, the score now 6-4.
The final goal of the game also came on the power play for the Mammoths. At 15:22, freshman Bobby Beniers was called to the box for high sticking. At 16:56, sophomore Patrick Daly was able to fire off his tenth goal of the season. Daly was assisted by Thomas Lindstrom (13th assist) and senior David White (tenth assist) on the goal, bringing the game to its final score of 6-5.
"Pinios had to make some really big saves," observed Monti. "In the third period, we took a major penalty, and another minor after that, which gave Amherst some momentum, and ultimately three goals."
Shots in the third period were 14-8 for Amherst, with game totals at 31-29 for the Ephs.
The Ephs face Hamilton at home tomorrow at 3:00PM. Amherst face Middlebury on the road tomorrow at 4:00PM.
"To think that the game would end 6-5 was not how we expected it," admitted Monti. "But we are excited to get the win moving into tomorrow."