Williamstown, MA–The Williams Ephs (3-2-1, 2-1-1 NESCAC) tied the Connecticut College Camels (1-4-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC), 2-2 in today's afternoon match up.
After two disappointing losses, the Ephs came into their afternoon game against Connecticut College with fire. Junior Peter Christie did not waste any time and put the Ephs on the scoreboard just 2:26 into the first period. His goal, a drive from the left point, was assisted by classmate Will Somers. Both teams played the rest of the period pretty evenly, the Ephs fired nine shots on Connor Rodericks and the Camels fired 11 shots on Ephs goaltender, freshman Cosimo Lazzarino. This is the first game Lazzarino has start for the Ephs. He made his college debut last game when the Ephs fell to Tufts 6-2.
Aside from the early excitement of the period, the first period did not see any more goals and the only penalty came within the last minute of the game when Ephs sophomore, Julian Detmar was called for cross-checking at 19:04. Detmar's penalty will carry over to the second period.
The the period break dividing Detmar's penalty, head Coach Bill Kangas was able to rally his team in the locker room to ward off the incoming Camel offensive line when the second period commenced. Both teams had solid scoring opportunities but neither could convert. The best opportunity for either team arose when two Ephs found their way to the penalty box less than a minute apart. Senior Roberto Cellini was called for interference at 18:54 and sophomore Jack McCool had to sit out for roughing at 11:34. This gave the Camels a golden 5v3 opportunity. The defensive lineup of the Ephs special teams, however, bested the Camel's offensive line.
Another Camel opportunity came later in the period when Cellini was sent to the box again, this time he was called for tripping at 18:46. Shortly after the penalty call, and disgruntled at the lost opportunity of the 5v3, the Camels charged Lazzarino. The Camel bench thought a shot that hit the crossbar had gone in but as the referees were being challenged, Lazzarino was knocked to the ice and the Camels were able to just slide the puck past Lazzarino's left pad. The equalizer was scored by junior Ryan Petti and assisted by sophomore Paul capozzi and freshman Colin Stevens at 18:54.
Halfway through the third period, the Ephs regained the lead. At 11:44, freshman Nick Altman got his third goal in the past 24 hours. Altman was able to deflect a crossing pass from junior Maz Fuld. Altman was also assisted by sophomore Tyler Scott.
One goal is not a comfortable position, however, and the Camels were given an opportunity to equalize after McCool was called for holding at 14:19. The one man advantage was just what the Camels needed to equalize the game for the second time this afternoon. At 16:01, Camel junior Jacob Moreau buried one over the left shoulder of Lazzarino. Moreau was assisted by junior Ryan Petti and freshman Colin McCabe.
With only minutes left in the game, neither team could convert the game winner and the game was sent into over time. The five minutes of over time came and went but neither team came out on top.
"We played harder today and began to figure out that our league is really tough and that, if we want to do well, we're going to have to show up and play for the full sixty minutes," Kangas said. "We want to keep getting sharper and fine tuning our games in practive this week so that we can prepare for our last home games before three weeks on the road."
The Ephs will play again Dec. 7 at 7pm. They will take on Amherst at home.
Quotes from head coach Bill Kangas to be posted shortly.