MALDEN, MASS. -- For the past two years in this NESCAC matchup home ice advantage doesn't exist. Last season, the Ephs and Tufts split, the Ephs won in Medford and the Jumbos won in Williamstown. The same happened in 2017-18. The road team had won five straight coming into the contest. The Ephs haven't lost at Tufts since the Jumbos entered the NESCAC for the 2001-02 campaign.
The Ephs entered the contest 3-0-0 (3-0-0) and have gotten off to a fantastic start. In their three games they've allowed just three goals and have scored 12.
Tufts entered the matchup 0-3-0 (0-3-0) for the second straight season, they haven't had a winning season since 2011-12.
The shots were even at 3 after the first 10 minutes, the Ephs dominated the pace of play forechecking in the Tufts defensive zone.
After the first 20 minutes, the Ephs outshot the Jumbos 18-3 but had just one goal to show for it. They went 0-2 on the powerplay. Starting goaltender Evan Ruschil tallied three saves.
Tufts came after the Ephs as the second period began, they generated 10 shots in the first half of the second frame. But the resilient Ephs responded with a goal to double their lead.
Niko Karamanis tallied his third goal of the campaign at 7:17 of the second period. The assists came from Nick Altmann and Nick VanBelle. It was Altmann's third assist and Vanbelle's second of the season.
At the 13:48 mark, Junior Daniel Woolfenden was called for an interference penalty that would be changed to a game misconduct, resulting in his ejection from the contest. Tyler Cooligan served the penalty for Woolfenden.
As a result of the penalty, Tufts Mason Babbidge cut the Ephs lead in half. His goal came at 18:47 of the second period. His goal was from Charley Borek.
A scoreless third period was a result of great goaltending and defensive play from the Ephs. First year and reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Evan Ruschil continues to shine for the Ephs as he tallied 29 saves.
Defensively the Ephs have let up four goals in four games and have allowed just one of those goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods.
A 2-1 victory for the Ephs prevailed them to 4-0-0 (4-0-0) and Tufts to 0-4-0 (0-4-0). The road team has now won six consecutive games in this series and the Ephs haven't lost a road game to Tufts since the Jumbos entered the NESCAC.
Coach Kangas received win 402 in his career at Williams: "I thought both goalies (Cos and Evan) played very well, and the team competed hard and strong around them in both away league wins. The guys are focused on playing for each other, a full 200' game, and for a full 60 minutes. While we are happy with our season's start, we know we have a lot to work on Monday as we begin preparing for two tough non-league opponents next weekend."
The Ephs will have seven days off before hosting Babson on November 30th at Lansing Chapman Rink at 3:00 P.M.