New London, CT–After a win last night at Tufts, the Williams Ephs (13-4-1, 9-2-1 NESCAC) shut out the Connecticut College Camels (4-13-1, 0-11-1) 5-0 to extend their winning streak to six games. This was the Ephs' third shoutout in their current six-game win streak.
Similar to the game against Tufts, the Ephs came out of the locker room hot and scored within the first two minutes. At 1:04, sophomore Jack McCool scored his fourth goal of the season with an assist from senior Roberto Cellini. This was Cellini's thirteenth assist of the season and puts him at seventeen points, just five behind classmate, Marcus Mollica. Mollica quickly extended the Eph lead to two at 4:48 with an assist from McCool.
Early in the second period, the freshmen pair of Nick Altmann and Niko Karamanis worked the puck around Camel goaltender junior Connor Rodericks to give the Ephs a three-goal lead. The goal came at 6:18 and was scored by Altmann with the assist from Karamanis.
Junior Camel Dan Driscoll cost his team two penalties in the second period after Altmann's goal. The first was a holding called at 12:43 but the Williams power play team was unsuccessful in capitalizing on the opportunity. Driscoll's second penalty at 16:57 for hooking was just what the Ephs needed to get their fourth goal.
At 17:40, the Ephs netted their fourth goal when Mollica received a pass from Altmann and Karamanis and quickly wristed a shot past Rodericks. After the Ephs' fourth goal, Camel head coach, Jim Ward, pulled Rodericks from the game and replaced him with junior Avery Gobbo.
The third period started with a penalty from both teams. At just 56 seconds into the third, McCool was sent to the box for roughing and senior Camel William White was called for contact to the head on the same play. With the play quickly turned to 4 on 4, tensions were rising as the Ephs were determined to help Pinios achieve his sixth shut out of his career and the Camels were determined to net their first goal.
At 3:51 junior Wyatt Glover was sent to the box for hooking, which gave the Camels a man advantage. The Ephs, however, scored a short-handed goal at 5:04 to extend their lead to five. The goal was scored by sophomore Nick VanBelle with Altmann on the assist.
"One of our teams greatest strengths is to take each game as a new entity," head coach Bill Kangas said. "We were able to move the puck around well in all three zones and minimize their shots on net as the game went on. We are still growing as a fairly young team and still have a lot to improve on looking forward."
The Ephs' next game will be at home against Trinity College on Feb. 1 at & PM.