Williamstown, MA- The Williams Ephs (13-4-1, 10-2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Tufts Jumbos (6-11-1, 4-7-1 NESCAC) 5-3 today in Eph territory.
Today was the second matchup between the Jumbos and the Ephs. In their last meeting, Williams defeated Tufts 2-1 in Jumbo territory. Similar to their last matchup in November, the Ephs were able to post a point five minutes into the first period.
An early penalty against the Jumbos opened up the first period. Although the Ephs were unable to capitalize on the powerplay, the first goal of the day was scored by Niko Karamanis shortly after at 4:17. Karamanis was able to find the back of the net from right side of Jumbo goaltender Josh Sarlo. The early goal gave the Ephs a quick 1-point advantage.
However, the early goal was equalized by a late period Jumbo goal at 19:47. At 19:34, Jack McCool was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. The last minute one-man advantage opened up an opportunity for Anthony Farinacci to swoop in and put the game to 1-1. Farinacci picked up a deflected shot and slapped it into the top corner of the Eph goal.
At the end of the first 20-minute session, the two teams were tied, and both entered the second period in hopes to gain the upper hand. However, the Ephs came out on top in the second period by scoring two goals and increasing their lead by two.
At 9:05, Nick Altmann, assisted by Jack McCool, lit the lamp by slipping the puck past Jumbo goalie Josh Sarlo. Altmann received a pass and shot the puck between Sarlo's pads. Then at 11:30, only 2 minutes after the last goal, Tyler Cooligan posted his own goal to put the Ephs up 3-1. During the rest of the period, both teams skated hard to convert shot to goals but were unable to and the second period ended with a 2-point lead for the Ephs.
Behind by two points, the Jumbos walked out of the locker room and into the third period hoping to make up for the large defect. However, the Ephs continued to press into the Jumbos defensive zone by building off of the second period momentum.
The Jumbos played their offense more aggresively and outshot the Ephs 19 to 10. However, freshman netminder Evan Ruschil and the Eph defense line made crucial blocks to keep the Jumbos at bay. At 5:32, freshman Mac Carso, assisted by Niko Karamanis and Nick VanBelle, extended the Ephs lead to three when he was at the front steps of the goal at the right time to shoot a deflected slapshot into the goal.
Although down by three points, the Jumbos did not back down and made phenomenal run during the last 4 minutes of the last period. At 17:25, Ross Delabruere, assisted by Rune Kirby shot the puck from the center past the left side of Ruschil and into the net. With less than 4 minutes remaining in the final period, Jumbo netminder Josh Sarlo was pulled and replaced by another forward. This proved to be rewarding when Anthony Farinacci, assisted by Angus Scott, scored his second goal of the game. Farinacci was at the left side of the goal and slipped a deflected puck into an uncovered opening.
With only 2 minutes left of the final period, the Jumbos continued to play an extra forward hoping to tie the game. However, Jack McCool, assisted by Tyler Scott was able to seal the win with an empty net goal at 19:41 from across the ice. After a full 60 minutes of play, the Ephs walked away with another win against the Jumbos.
"To come out of any weekend with 4 points is good," commented head coach Bill Kangas. "Both teams we played this weekend are good. Tufts was able attacked our zone and possessed the puck down low. It caused us to get away from what we usually do and forced some passes which got us out of our routine, which is a credit to them."
Next up for the Ephs is a 7:00PM contest on February 7th on the road versus the Wesleyan Cardinals.