WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (13-10-1, 9-8-1 NESCAC) tied the Hamilton College Continentals (15-6-3, 9-6-3 NESCAC) 0-0 this afternoon in the Lansing Chapman Rink. Senior goaltender Stephen Morrissey stopped all 23 shots faced to keep his team in the game.
When these two teams faced off in December, Hamilton was able to come away with a closely contested 3-2 victory.
In net for the Ephs this afternoon was Morrissey, who came into the contest with a .916 save percentage. In between the pipes for Hamilton was senior Evan Buitenhuis, who came into today's match up with an impressive save percentage of .952.
"We competed in all three zones," stated Williams head coach Mike Monti. "It was especially great to see Stephen Morrissey get a shut out today."
Yesterday the Continentals faced Middlebury on the road, and came away with a 1-0 victory. The Ephs faced Amherst at home last night, and came away with a 6-5 win. Williams came into today's contest riding a three game win streak, and the Continentals, while on a two game win streak coming into today, have not lost a game since late January.
The first period was scoreless, however at 19:59, Williams junior Roberto Cellini was called to the box for slashing, ensuring that the Continentals would start off the second period with momentum on their side. Shots after the first 20 minutes were 9-4 for the Ephs.
At :36 seconds into the second period, senior Brandon Willett took his second penalty of the game, this minor for hooking, allowing four on four play to ensue.
At 2:35, Continental sophomore Blayne Oliver was called to the box for tripping, giving the Ephs a man advantage opportunity. The Ephs had one more power play chance in the period, starting at 16:07, when junior Ian Nichols was called to the box for charging.
After two periods, shots were 18-13 for the Ephs.
The Continentals were offensively threatening for much of the third period, however this prowess was equally countered by the fortitude of the Eph defensive unit, not allowing any of the several Hamilton opportunities to be ultimately successful.
After 60 minutes of play, the score remained 0-0, and so five minutes of overtime followed.
Hamilton took a timeout with 2:25 remaining in overtime play. Then, with just :22 seconds remaining in the match, the Ephs were given a power play opportunity, as Brandon Willett was called to the box for hooking. The Ephs subsequently called a timeout to try to engineer a game-winning play with the time remaining, however the game ended with a score of 0-0.
Shot count for the game came to 28-23 for Williams.
"Short of scoring today, we played a complete game, which the staff was really happy with," noted Monti. "Hamilton was a great test heading into playoffs."
This was the last game of the regular season for both teams. NESCAC playoff matchups, dates, and times will be announced shortly.