Williamstown, MA- After a high scoring game on Friday, the Williams College Ephs (9-4-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) tied the Plattsburgh State Cardinals (6-8-1) 2-2 this afternoon at the Lansing Chapman Rink.
In net for the Ephs this afternoon was sophomore Cosimo Lazzarino. Coming into today's match Lazzaino sports a 0.938 save percentage. In net for the Cardinals was junior goaltender Jimmy Poreda.
Unlike the last couple of games, there was a goal within the first five minutes of the first period. The goal came when freshman forward Mac Carso scored goal at 4:29, assisted by Niko Karamanis and Connor Kucharski, Carso received a short centering pass from Karamanis and lit the lamp from the left side of Poreda. The early period goal put the Ephs up 1-0.
"Right away, Niko made a great play around the net and Mac knocked it out of the air. It was a nice first goal," commented head coach Bill Kangas.
There was a single penalty in the first period favoring the Ephs at 7:44. Falcon Andrew Pizzo was sent to the penalty box for tripping, giving the Ephs a one-man advantage. However, the Ephs could not connect the puck with the net and the Cardinals successfully killed the penalty. By the end of the period, the Ephs had a one-point advantage going into the second period.
In the second period, the Ephs had a powe rplay opportunity in the second period when Falcon Christian Thomas was penalized for tripping. However, the Ephs were unable to convert their shot into a goal and the Cardinals had another successful penalty kill.
At 12:07, the Ephs briefly extended their lead by two point when defenseman Myles Cunningham, assisted by Max Fuld and Peter Christie, cashed in his third goal of the season. Cunningham's shot went into the open pocket in the bottom right corner of Poreda's net.
However, the Falcons responded 3 minutes later with their own goal to decrease their two-goal deficit to one. Freshman forward Adam Tretowicz received a pass and aggressively slapped it right under Lazzarino from the front of the net.
The first ten minutes of the third period was uneventful with lots of saves coming from both team's goalies. Both teams were given a power play opportunity, at 15:27 for the Cardinals and at 10:38 for the Ephs. However, the game changing powerplay goal was from the Cardinals who were able to get past the Eph defense and tie the game 2-2. Cardinal Joe Drabin connected puck to goal from teammate Christan Thomas's deflected slapshot. The puck went in through Lazzarino's left side opening.
With the score of 2-2 after 60 minutes of play, the two teams went into overtime play.
The Ephs had a strong opportunity near the end of the extra time when Cardinal Mike Falanga was sent to the box for tripping; however, the Cardinals were able to put up a formidable defensive front to maintain the tie. The game ended with a score of 2-2 and shot counts were close between teams with the Cardinals outshooting the Ephs 25-24.
"We played a good team. This team has been on a roll later in the season. We knew that today was going to be a tough game. We played hard till the end and unfortunately the [Falcons] got the powerplay goal and that was the difference in special teams. They scored the power play and we didn't," said coach Kangas. "We are back in league play next week on the road going up to Maine. The guys are excited with five weeks left in the regular season and obviously we've got to make a big run now. We have a couple days to think about it and can't wait for a nice day on Monday."
The Ephs will be on the road next Friday to play against Colby College at 7pm EST.