WATERVILLE, MAINE – The Williams College men's ice hockey team (10-4-1/7-2-0 NESCAC) turned a 1-0 deficit after one period into a 3-1 advantage at the end of the second period with three unanswered goals and went on to down host Colby College (5-9-1/2-8-0 NESCAC) 4-1.
Colby opened the scoring in the contest tallying a goal at 6:16 of the first period against the run of play when they turned the Ephs over at the top of the Ephs' defensive zone and Michael Morrissey set up Kienan Scott with a pass across the crease that Scott was able to steer past Eph netminder Cosimo Lazzarino.
Williams at the time of the Colby goal had constructed a 7-2 margin in shots on goal, but the Mules capitalized on the Eph miscue to manufacture the 1-0 lead. Colby became energized with the Scott goal and they upped the offensive pressure on the Ephs and Eph goalie Cosimo Lazzarinio had to make two difficult saves in short order to keep the score at 1-0, Colby.
At 13:52 the Ephs Jack Forrest was sent off for tripping and Colby had benefit of the first power play opportunity in the contest. The Mules tested Lazzarino twice on the man advantage, but the Eph goalie kept Colby from extending their lead.
Just over a minute after the Forrest penalty the Ephs' Max Fuld had an opportunity from in close on the Mules Andy Beran, but Beran was able to deny Fuld's attempt.
The Mules' JP Schuhlen was sent off for slashing and the Ephs were put on the power play late in the opening period. The Ephs were not able to capitalize on the first 1:42 of the Schuhlen penalty and the first period expired with Colby on top 1-0. The Ephs would open the second period with the man advantage for the first 18 seconds.
Colby fired off 11 shots in the first period and the Ephs Cosimo Lazzarino stopped 10 shots, while the Mules Andy Beran was able to turn aside all 12 shots by the Ephs in the opening 20 minutes.
At the start of the second period the Ephs were unable to muster a shot on goal during the 18-second man advantage to open the period, but they did have two good shots shortly after the penalty expired with Jack Forrest being denied in close and at 1:38 and then Michael Armstrong was denied by Beran shortly thereafter.
Tyler Scott leveled the score at one all at 4:42, when he lifted a backhand shot from about 15 feet out in front of Beran, bouncing the puck off Beran's right shoulder, and into the net. Wyatt Glover assisted on the tying goal.
Colby went on the power play at 6:08 when the Ephs' Myles Cunnigham was whistled for cross-checking. The Ephs successfully killed off the Cunningham infraction allowing just one shot on goal.
The Mules put the Ephs back on the power play at 8:25 when Michael Morrissey was called for holding. Myles Cunningham netted what proved to be the game-winning goal when he scored unassisted on the power play at 9:24 to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead.
At 12:53 Colby's Carter Breitenfeldt fired on goal from the slot and his shot hit the right pipe, and bounced into the right corner, where the Ephs were able to work the puck out of the zone to maintain their lead at 3-1.
Colby went on their third power play of the night when the Ephs' Wyatt Glover was sent off for tripping at 16:03. The Mules did get off three shots on Lazzarino with their man advantage, but the Ephs successfully killed off the Glover penalty.
Both Williams and Colby mustered 10 shots on goal in the second period, but the Ephs found the back of the net with three of their shots and took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
Through the first 40 minutes of play the Ephs' Cosimo Lazzarino had denied 20 of 21 shots by Colby, while the Mules' Andy Beran had 19 saves and had allowed three Eph goals.
In the third period Myles Cunningham's second penalty of the night, this one for roughing, put the Mules on their fourth power play in the game. The Cunningham penalty came after two testing shots by the Mules that found Lazzarino making a save with each blocker, keeping the game at 3-1, Williams.
Once again the Ephs killed off the penalty to maintain their two-goal lead. The Mules then put the Ephs on the power at 7:43 and Williams capitalized when Tyler Scott netted his second goal of the game from in front of Beran at 9:12 with another backhand and the Eph lead grew to three, 4-1. Will Somers notched an assist on the Scott's second goal with a pass into the slot that Scott converted.
The Ephs' Myles Cunnigham was sent to the penalty box for the third time in the contest at 13:29 for cross-checking. Cosimo Lazzarino stood tall twice on the power play, however, denying Spencer Hewson on a wrap around and JP Shuhlen and a rebound effort just to his right.
The Ephs successfully killed off all five power plays by Colby in the contest. The Ephs on the other hand converted on two of their three power play opportunities.
"I thought both teams played well, we just had that stretch in the second period where we were on the puck, competing hard, and giving good close support that led to three goals in a short amount of time," said Eph head coach Bill Kangas. "Getting two power play goals with good puck movement helped and "Cos" (Lazzarino) was a calming presence in goal, making solid stops, and getting us some whistles when we needed them. Our penalty killing units were solid also in not allowing a goal on any of their five power plays."
Cosimo Lazzarino stopped 32 of 33 shots by the Mules, while Colby netminder Andy Beran turned aside 26 of 30 Eph shots.
The Ephs return to action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Brunswick, Maine to take on the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College in a 4:00 PM contest.