Williamstown, MA–The Williams Ephs (10-4-1, 6-2-1 NESCAC) beat the Bowdoin Polar Bears (5-8-2, 3-6-1 NESCAC) 2-0. After 55 minutes of scoreless play, Williams scored two goals in the last five minutes of the game to clinch their third win a row and their second win against Bowdoin this season.
Tonight was the second match up against these two teams. Williams played Bowdoin at Bowdoin for their first game of the season and won handedly 4-1. Tonight, Bowdoin looked to redeem their at-home loss against the Ephs with an away win at Lansing Chapman Rink.
The first period was uneventful in terms of goals or penalties, but the action was in front of the crease of both the Polar Bear goaltender, sophomore Alex Zafonte, and Eph netminder, senior Michael Pinios. The goalless period was a testament to the two goaltenders and both teams' defensive line that successfully kept shots between the pipes at bay.
The second period's lone event on the stat sheet was a Polar Bear penalty called on freshman Kyle Jadatz for interference. The penalty came at 13:54 but no goal came from the one man advantage for the Ephs. A scoreless second period left the game up to the third and final period of the game or possibly overtime.
Bowdoin's last two games ended in losses so tonight's game was a chance for them to break their losing streak. The Ephs, on the flip side, were coming off of two solid wins last weekend so tonight's game was an opportunity to extend their win streak to three games.
After more than two and a half periods of no scoring, the Ephs finally broke the scoring drought with a late third period goal. At 15:45 sophomore Mike Armstrong deflected a shot from junior Peter Christie from the right point.
With time running out, the Bowdoin head coach decided to bench Zafonte after making a whopping 33 saves. The Ephs were able to use this opportunity to extend their lead to 2 with an empty net goal at 19:11 by freshman Nick Altmann.
"We've had a tough schedule which I think has helped build our resilience," Eph head coach Bill Kangas said. "The guys played consistently tonight and, against a strong Bowdoin team, we did a good job stopping their advances. We played a really smart hockey game and we'll celebrate tonight but we'll have to re-group for tomorrow's game."
The Ephs will play another conference game at home against Colby at 2pm.