Hartford, CT–The Williams Ephs (7-3-1, 5-1-1 NESCAC) down the Trinity College Bantams (6-3-2, 2-2-1 NESCAC) 4-3.
This may be the first matchup against these two teams this season but these two teams have a history. Last season, the Ephs handedly beat the Bantams in their regular season matchup but fell to them in the NESCAC semifinals. Last season was the second year in a row the Ephs lost to the Trinity team in the semifinal conference game.
The game started fast and the Bantams were the first to draw blood early on in the first period. With only 3:25 minutes passed, senior Bantam Ryan Pfeffer was able to get one past Eph netminder senior Michael Pinios who sports a 0.911 save record for the season. Pfeffer was assisted by freshman Lucas Michaud and sophomore James Callahan. The Bantam goaltender is junior Teddy Loughborough who has a 0.929 record for the season.
Though they tried, the Ephs could not tie the game in the first period. The beginning of the second was a different story. The referees called three penalties in succession. The first came from junior Eph Max Fuld with a clear cross-checking penalty at 3:34. The next two penalties were called on the Bantams: junior Liam Feeney for interference at 3:53 and Callahan for slashing at 4:38. The quick turn of events gave the Ephs a 4 on 3 advantage and sophomore Daniel Woolfenden was able to equalize the game at 5:03 with assists from senior Roberto Cellini and Marcus Mollica.
The momentum the Ephs had gained from the power play goal was quickly shifted back to the Bantams with Trinity scored their second full strength goal of the night. At 8:33, junior Bantam Adam Anderson shot one past Pinios to regain the lead. Anderson was assisted by senior Ross Mandigo and Callahan.
The Ephs, however, were not going down without a fight when Woolfenden answers Anderson's goal just 19 seconds later (8:52). This was Woolfenden's third goal this season and sixth in his career. He was assisted by Cellini.
With the momentum on the Ephs' side, sophomore Nick VanBelle gave the Ephs their first lead of the night with his first goal of the season at 10:03 to tie the game again. VanBelle was assisted by Cellini who assisted all three of the Ephs' first goals. The Eph's one goal lead was short-lived with Michaud buried one at 18:17 with an assist from Feeney. This high scoring game entered the third period in a 3-3 tie.
The third period was a tug-of-war match between the teams as both teams held strong defense lines but made quality charges at the net. The Ephs were the first to break the scoreless third period with a late period goal to regain the lead. Freshman Niko Karamanis scored his first goal of his college career at 14.56. His goal was unassisted.
Karaminis' goal turned out to be the deciding goal as the last six minutes of the game were played scoreless. The Ephs win against is their fifth conference win of the season.
"Tonight was a very good team road win against a very strong Trinity team. After a good night of rest, our team understands the importance of playing at the top of our game, competing against an outstanding Wesleyan team," head coach Bill Kangas said.
The Ephs will continue their road trip with a another conference matchup against Wesleyan tomorrow at 3pm.