Middletown, CT- The Williams College Ephs (13-5-1, 103-0 NESCAC) were defeated by the Wesleyan College Cardinals (10-8-1, 6-6-1 NESCAC) tonight on the road. After a scoreless first period, Wesleyan was able to pick up two crucial goals in the second period to win the match 3-1.
When these two teams faced off in January at Lansing Chapman rink, Williams was able to come away with solid 4-2 victory. The Ephs entered today's contest riding a four-game win streak, and the Cardinals tied their last match 1-1 against Amherst.
In the net for the Ephs for tonight's game was freshman goaltender Evan Ruschil, who sports an impressive .944 save percentage this season. In between the pipes for the Cardinals was Tim Sestak, who came into today's match up with a solid save percentage of .918 save percentage.
The first period was scoreless, however at 15:46, Williams forward Niko Karamanis was called to the box for hooking, ensuring the Cardinals the only power play advantage in the first period. However, the Cardinals were not able to connect puck with net and game would enter the second period scoreless. Shot count in the first period was an uneven 20-6, heavily in Wesleyan's favor.
The second period proved to be the game deciding period, with the Cardinals taking a two-goal lead. At 13:01, Matt Zandi was sent to the penalty box for interferences, giving the Ephs a one-man power play advantage. However, the Ephs were unable to capitalize and lost the puck to Walker Harris who scored a short-handed goal for the first goal of the game. The Cardinal captain received a pass at the blue line and took it one-on-one and put it past Ruschil's shoulder to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead at 13:20..
Building off the momentum from their goal, the Cardinals extended their lead at 17:24. Cam Peritz, assisted by Walker Harris, skated to the front of the goal from the right side and slapped a quick shot on Ruschil. The Ephs were unable to respond with their own goal and the second period ended 2-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
A quick penalty in favor of the Ephs started off the third period. Jordan Rose was sent to the box for tripping. Another penalty was given in favor of the Ephs at 7:19 to Danny Sorabella for tripping. However, the Cardinals were able to successfully kill off both penalties as the Ephs were unable to take advantage of either penalties.
The Ephs were aable tonarrow the Wesleyan lead to one, 2-1,t 16:41, when Wyatt Glover picked up teammate Aaron Pinto's deflected shot and shot the puck between Sestak's pads. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Cardinals secured their win with Tyler Wyatt's goal at 18:23. Wyatt, assisted by Jordan Rose and Matt Zandi, sped forward with the puck and snagged his goal from the right side of Ruschil.
The game ended with a score of 3-1, with the third period shot count rounding out at 15-4 for the Ephs, and the game totals ending at 38-30 for the Cardinals.
On the team's performance in tonight's matchup, Williams head coach Bill Kangas contributed the following: "We give Wesleyan a lot of credit tonight. They played very well, especially in the first two periods. Evan Ruschil was strong in goal, giving us a chance to get going and play our game in the third period, just coming up short. We will need to reset and get ready to play a very talented Trinity team tomorrow."
The Ephs will take on Trinity College at 4:00PM EST tomorrow in Bantam territory.