Men's Hockey Wins by Two on the Road Against Connecticut College

Bobby Beniers '21
Bobby Beniers '21

New London, CT– The Williams Ephs (3-0-0,/NESCAC 3-0-0) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (1-2-0/NESCAC 2-2-0), 3-1 in their first NESCAC conference game on the road with junior forward Bobby Berniers scoring a shorthanded goal at 12:09 of the second periods to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead.

After their two wins on opening week, the Ephs came into their first road game trying to extend their winning streak to three. Similarly the Camels were also thirsty for another win with one win and one loss to open thier season. 

The Camels struck first with a goal at 7:52 in the first period, scored by Lukas Uhler, who received a long pass from Younghoon Choi. Uhler broke away with the puck and snuck it right past the Ephs' goal tender Cosimo Lazzarino.  

At 9:34, Eph forward Nick Altmann was sent to the penalty box for hooking, giving the Camels a powerplay opportunity. However, even with one player down, the Eph's offense and defense held strong answering with ane equalizing goal. Forward Will Somers, after receiving a phenomenal pass by Nick Atlmann, got behind a Camel defender and slapped in a goal for the Ephs. This brought the game to a tie and shifted the momentum in the Ephs' favor. 

Both teams played the rest of the period pretty evenly, the Ephs fired 12 shots on Connor Rodericks and the Camels fired 11 shots on Cosimo Lazzarino. Aside from the early excitement of the period, the first period did not see any additional goals even with each team having two penalties each against them. 

In the second period, the Camels came out guns blazing and aggressively pushed their offense even more. They fired 21 shots on Eph goaltender Cosimo Lazzarino, but they stopped every time. After 12 minutes of 5 v 5 and still no goal, Eph defenseman Myles Cunningham was sent to the box at 12:19 for a roughing major penalty, putting the Ephs down a player for five minutes. However, the game's momentum was reversed when forward Bobby Beniers ran skated free with the puck when a Camel defensemen tripped, in the neutral zone and hammered the game-winning goal only two seconds after Cunningham's penalty. 

In the final period, the Camels continued to push the puck into the Ephs defensive zone but could not convert any goals. Additionally, the two power play opportunities given to each team were not enough for either to capitalize. However, the Ephs managed to extend their lead with an empty netter when the Camels pulled their goalie with a minute remaining in the game. Junior forward Tyler Scott easily escaped with the puck from the neutral zone and swept it into the unprotected goal. With only a minute left, the Camels were unable to respond. 

Eph head coach Bill Kangas commented on this win saying, "Tonight was a hard fought game by both teams. While it's very difficult to win league games, it's especially difficult to win on the road. Cos [Cosimo] had a great game in goal, and it was nice to see the guys compete to the games end."