Williamstown, MA- In tonight's matchup, the Williams College Ephs (11-4-1, 8-2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (8-7-1, NESCAC 4-5-1) 3-1. The game was the second time these two NESCAC teams faced each other this season and the Ephs repeated a 3-1 win against the Camels at the Lansing Chapman Rink.
The Ephs came out of the locker room intent on taking an early lead. They scored their first goal at 5:59 when junior forward Nick VanBelle posted a point from the front of the goal by shooting a loose puck into the net.
However, the Camels responded with their own goal in the first period which equalized the score. Paul Capozzi, assisted by Collin Stevens and Ryan Petti, took advantage of a powerplay opportunity when Michael Armstrong was sent to the penalty box. With a one-man advantage, Capozzi ripped a slap shot from the left point into the net. The end of the first period ended in a tie 1-1.
The Camels came out aggressive in the second period, outshooting the Ephs 14 to 7. However, at 7:04 the Ephs came out on top scoring the only goal in the second period. The game winning and shorthanded goal was scored by Nick Altmann, who skated across the blue line and sniped the puck into the Camels net.
The Ephs played a strong defense to maintain the lead during the rest of the second and third period. One point down going into the third period, the Camel offensive line pressed forward towards Eph netminder freshman Evan Ruschil but were unable to convert any shots to goals.
With only little over a minute left in the game, Camel goaltender Connor Rodericks was pulled giving the Camels a one-man advantage and hopes for an equalizing goal. However, the Ephs responded to this by tightening up their defensive line and keeping the Camels at bay. At 18:57, Niko Karamanis secured the Eph win by scoring an empty net goal. Karamanis, assisted by Connor Kucharski, picked up a deflected puck and shot it from the Eph defensive zone. With no one tending the goal, the puck went straight between the pipes. With the two-point lead and less than a minute remaining in the period, the Ephs would walk away with their second win over the Connecticut College Camels this season.
Head Coach Bill Kangas commented on tonights game saying, "The guys played very well tonight against a strong Connecticut College team. We competed hard in all three zones and everyone contributed to the team's win. After a post-game team dinner with family and friends, our players know we are facing an excellent Tufts team tomorrow afternoon."
The Ephs will play again at Lansing Chapman Rink tomorrow at 3pm against the Tufts University Jumbos.