Williamstown, MA - In their season opener, the Williams College men's ice hockey team (1-0/1-0 NESCAC) trailed Colby 1-0 (0-1/0-1 NESCAC) in the first period and then made a raging comeback in the second period with three unanswered goals to take control of the game.
Colby opened up the scoring by capitalizing on a tripping penalty against Williams defenseman Jack McCool. At 8:18, Brenden Murphy took a slapshot which was redirected by Jake Rasch's stick and the puck slipped under Eph goaltender Cosimo Lazzarino's pads.
Colby's Spencer Hewson was sent to the penalty box for tripping a 12:41, however the Ephs were not able to capitalize on this. Following Colby's penalty, William's Tyler Scott was also penalized for tripping at 16:58, and similarly the Mules were unable to score.
Following the first goal by Colby, both teams were unable to score during their power plays in the rest of the first period and Colby took a 1-0 lead after the first twenty minutes of play.
During the second period, the Ephs' offense erupted for three goals . Aaron Pinot's goal at 2:07, assisted by Will Somer and Jack Forrest, brought the Ephs level at one all. After receiving the puck from Somer, Pinot made a fantastic slapshot from the left side to score through the upper right side of the goal.
With the score tied at 1-1, both teams continued to make aggressive forays into the offensive zone that were stymied by each side's goalie. However, 4 minutes and 29 seconds after the first goal, Eph sophomore forward Nick Altmann, assisted by Jack Forres scored as he was able to slot home a goal to the right side of the net. Williams' third goal was scored just 2 minutes and 31 seconds after their second by senior forward Max Fuld, assisted by Tyler Scott. Scott stole the puck from a Colby defenseman and passed to Fuld whoone-timed a shot from 25 feet out directly in front of the Colby's goal and into the net. The Ephs fired off 15 shots in the period.
Similarly, to the first period, the end of the second period had penalties against both teams, however, neither were able to capitalize on them.
The third period started off with a power play for Williams after Colby's Kienan Scott was penalized late in the second period for cross checking. Although the Ephs were not able to score during the power play, at 10:10 Myles Cunningham, assisted by Tyler Scott and Max Fuld collected a goal after a rebound off of Colby's goalie Andrew Tucci's pad. Although, Colby attempted to make comeback during the third period with 9 shots on goal, junior goalie Cosimo Lazzarino was able to keep them at bay.
The 5 v 5 play was short lived when Williams' junior Daniel Woolfenden was sent to the box for roughing at 12:29. Colby, however, was not able to score during this power play which sealed the 4-1 win for Williams.
"I think it was nice to play someone other than ourselves," commented Ephhead coach Bill Kangas. "In the first period, [Colby] played really well. We had some opportunities where we didn't score, but I thought we had adjusted really well in the second period. I thought the guys responded well, defended hard, and competed hard. Getting this first win in the league is great. We will enjoy it for a few minutes, grab a bite to eat, then we've got to get ready for tomorrow."
The Ephs are back inaction tomorrow at 3:00 PM when they host Bowdoin in Lansing Chapman Rink.