Oswego NY- The Williams College Ephs (7-2-0,) fell to the St. Mary's University Cardinals (4-5-1) 4-2 to take second placeat the Pathfinder Bank Hockey Classic.
Tonight's game started off no different than yesterday's game. Both teams had strong offensive lines so shots on net were plentiful. The two goaltender, freshman Evan Ruschil for the Ephs and junior Al Rogers for the Cardinals, were tested in their ability to successfully ward of shots.
The Ephs came out in the first period with more shots on goal, with 13 shots on Rogers and 5 on Evan Ruschil. Although the Ephs had 2 power play opportunities while the Cardinals had 1, both teams were unable to convert, and the first period ended with no goals.
The second period had a single Cardinal penalty in favor of the Ephs. Although the Ephs made multiple shots they were again unable to score any goals.
The Cardinals finally broke the scoring drought with a late second period goal. Cardinal senior Jack Stang, assisted by Ryan Stoynich and Kyle Meeh, picked an open area past Evan Rushail and lit the lamp at 18:50. Only 40 seconds after his first goal, Stang broke away with the puck and put in a quick single handed goal to put the Cardinals up 2-0.
Going into the third period down two points, the Ephs knew they would have to come out aggressive eliminate their deficit. Although the ephs skated hard the Cardinals put up a good defensive line early in the period.
At 9:41, the Ephs had a one-man advantage when Jack Stang was penalized for cross-checking. With his brother in the penalty box, Tommy Stang, assisted by Seth Kamrass, tallied a short-handed goal putting the score 3-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
The Ephs made their first goal of the game at 16:11 when Niko Karamanis, assisted by Nick VanBelle and Mac Carso, put the puck between the pipes. With only 1 minute and 50 seconds left in the game, Ephs' head coach Bill Kangas pulled Ruschil putting another offensive player on the ice. This allowed Cardinal Sam Hanson to make an empty net goal allowing the Cardinals to regain their three-shot lead.
In the last minute, the Ephs managed to close the three-goal lead to two when Max Fuld, assisted by Michael Armstrong, scored past Rogers. Although there were two additional penalties in the last 30 seconds, no points were converted, and the SMU Cardinals would walk away as the 2020 Pathfinder Bank Hockey Classic Champions.
Sophomore forward Nick Altmann was named to the Pathfinder Bank Hockey Classic All-tournament team, tallying two goals.
Head coach Bill Kangas commented on today's play saying, "In the first period, we had multiple high percentage scoring opportunities, but the St. Mary's goalie was outstanding. A couple of unfortunate plays resulted in two quick St. Mary's goals at the end of the second period, and we were unable to get our first of two goals until late in the third period."
"From the tournament weekend, I thought we did some very good things, and I know our team will be ready for a great week of practice as we prepare for two tough home NESCAC games versus Wesleyan and Trinity," stated Kangas.
Williams will resume play next Friday, January 10th at home against the Wesleyan Cardinals at 7:00 PM EST.