Riverdale, NY–It has been a week since the Ephs last touched game day ice and they came back with a roaring Friday game start to the weekend. The Ephs (8-4-1) picked up their eighth win of the season with a 6-3 win against Manhattanville College (7-4-2).
The first three goals of the game came from Eph players. The first goal came at 13:50 in the first period with a goal by freshman Nick Altman and assisted by freshman Niko Karamanis and sophomore Jack McCool. The next two Ephs goals came off of power play opportunities, which turned out to be very frequent in the game.
The nature of this high scoring game was made possible by each team's plethora of penalties. Late in the first period, a series of penalties sent both teams to the box. At 16:39, Eph junior Will Somers was called for hooking. Manhattanville enjoyed a one an advantage for nearly the duration of Somers' penalty but evened out the playing field to 4v4 at 18:29 when freshman Niko Happo was called for hooking. In the same play, Manhattanville was called or too many players on the ice and the penalty was served by senior Cory Anderson. The one play at 18:29 swung the momentum towards the Ephs who, after 1:50 minutes of killing Somer's penalty, was now on the offensive side with a 4v3. And in just ten seconds, at 18:39, Somers was released from the box and the Ephs quickly gained a man advantage to a 5v3. Taking this golden opportunity to extend the lead to two, senior marcus Mollica buries one past Manhattanville goaltender, senior Tyler Feaver, at 19:45. Mollica was assisted by Altman and Karamanis. Mollica's goal only released Happo from the box so the Ephs entered the second period with a 5v4 advantage over Manhattanville.
Just 38 seconds into the second period, the Ephs got their third goal in a row. After assisting the first two goals, Karamanis scored one of his own. Karamanis' goal evened the game to full strength.
The 5v5 play was short lived when Williams junior Evan Johnson was sent to the box for tripping at 3:46. Manhattanville quickly capitalized on this opportunity and scored their first goal at 4:29 into the second period. The goal came from senior Oscar Arfelt and was assisted by classmates Eric Berglund and Matt Lippa. Manhattanville tallied five penalties and Williams tallied three penalties during the second period but each team's penalty kill squad was able to keep the pucks at bay for the duration of the period.
Reminiscent of the first period, a late second period penalty on Manhattanville gave the Ephs an advantage coming out of the locker room. At 19:02, Berglund was sent to the box for a delay of game. Off of Berglund's penalty, the Ephs came straight out of the locker room and scored their fourth goal only 33 seconds into the period. Sophomore Jack McCool was the goal scorer with assists from Fuld. This was the Ephs' third power play goal of the game.
To answer, Manhattanville scored at 3:18. Arfelt scored his second goal of the season with an assist from junior Kenny MClean and senior Jeff Beck. Even with Arfelt's early third period goal, the Ephs still carried a two goal lead into the second half of the third period. Things started getting uncomfortable when Manhattanville cut the Ephs' lead down to one when the puck just slipped by senior Eph goaltender, Michael Pinios at 14:27.
The Ephs were not going down without a fight, however, and answered the MClean goal with a full strength goal at 17:35. Altman scored his second goal of the night with assists from sophomore Ben Beniers and senior Connor Meike.
With clock ticking down, the Manhattanville coach decided to pull Feaver from his posts in hopes of scoring the two goals needed to tie the Ephs. The Ephs, however, were able to flick one past the Manhatanville denfensemen and score an empty net goal at 18:55 to extend their lead to 6-3.
The Ephs will play again in their sixth game on the road against Plattsburgh State tomorrow at 7pm.