Williamstown MA- The Williams College Ephs (8-4-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Albertus Magnus Falcons (3-12-2) 7-0 tonight at home. Freshman goaltender Evan Ruschil had 11 saves leading to his first shutout, and assistant captain Niko Karamanis and sophomore Jack Forest had a two-goal game.
Tonight's game was the first ever matchup between the Ephs and the Falcons. The all-freshman Falcons had Thomas Walker in goal. Starting in net for the Ephs was Evan Ruschil, who came into the contest with a .955 save percentage this season.
"I am very happy with how Evan played. He made some good saves and calmed himself down when he needed to. It was also a team shut out and I am proud of the team as well", said head coach Bill Kangas.
The Ephs got off to a dominant start in first period, scoring two goals in the opening period. The first of these goals came at 6:16. Eph sophomore Niko Karamanis found the back of the net on a play assisted by Julian Detmer and Tyler Scott. Karamanis received a pass from Scott and slapped the shot from the front of the goal past Falcon goalie Thomas Walker. This brought the game to 1-0 early on.
Seven minutes later, Karamanis, assisted by Jack McCool and Aaron Pinot, had his second goal of the period when he broke away with the puck and slapped it straight into the left side of the net. Karamanis's two goals of the game puts his overall season goals to 7.
After the first period, Williams outshot the Falcons 16-5.
In the second period, the Ephs kept the puck in their offensive zone restricting the Falcons to only 1 shot on goal. At 6:40 the Ephs added another goal putting the game at 3-0. Wyatt Glover assisted by Max Fuld, received a long pass and scored from the left side of Walker.
Only seven minutes after his last goal, Forest scored his second goal from the back-side post into the open net when Walker made the mistake of staying on the left side. This goal brought the game to 5-0 heading into the final period of play. Shots were 31-8 for Williams.
Although there were four powerplay opportunities equally given to both teams, neither were able to capitalize and all goals were made on 5 v 5 ice.
The last goal of the period was scored by Nick Altmann, assisted by Myles Cunningham and Bobby Beniers. Altmann smashed a slap shot into the top left of the goal after receiving a short pass from Cunningham.
Although there were multiple penalties in the last 3 minutes of the game, neither could convert shots to goals and Evan Ruschil would walk away with his first shutout of the season.
"Having a 7-0 win was great tonight. I thought that they [Falcons] were great. They have a good system and good coaching. Tonight, was a good win, but ready and prepared for tomorrow. It will be a tough match, but we are excited for it," commented Kangas.
The Ephs will play again at home against Plattsburg tomorrow at 3:00PM EST.