Hartford, CT- The Williams College Ephs (13-6-1, 10-4-0 NESCAC) lost to the Trinity Bantams (14-5-1, 9-4-1 NESCAC) 5-3 tonight in Bantam territory. The Ephs were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit generated by the Bantams, who scored back to back goals late in the first period, to establish a lead the Ephs would never equal.
Last time these two NESCAC teams met, the then NESCAC #1 ranked Trinity beat NESCAC #2 ranked Ephs 3-2. In tonight's game, the Ephs entered the matchup ranked #1 in the NESCAC while Trinity came in as #2 in the conference.
The Bantams came into this match riding a 2-game win streak, while conversely, the Ephs came into the contests having lost yesterday's match against the Wesleyan Cardinals.
During the opening period, the Bantams immediately took the upper hand, scoring at 5:50. Riley Prattson received a pass in the Ephs' defensive zone and slapped the puck straight past Evan Ruschil and into the right side of the net. The early goal put the Bantams up 1-0.
The Ephs were able to get the equalizer five minutes later at 10:43 when Nick VanBelle, assisted by Bobby Beniers and Jack McCool, saw a deflected loose puck and slammed it straight into the net. VanBelle's goal would eliminate the Bantams early lead and put the game 1-1.
Not wanting to lose their one-goal advantage, the Bantams came back five minutes later with a goal. Barclay Gammill, assisted by Timothy Weinstein and James Callahan. Gammill came in from the left side of the rink, took a bent wrist shot, and put the puck into the net.
At 18:47, the Bantams extended their lead to two goals when Taggart Corriveau, assisted by James Callahan and Timothy Weinstein, took advantage of a power play and scored the Bantams' third goal of the day. After Weinstein's slap shot was deflected by Ruschil's pad, Corriveau slipped the loose puck into the net from the front left side of the goal. This completed the first 20 minutes of play and the score going into the second period was 3-1. Shots totaled up to be 20-6 in favor of Trinity.
Unlike the first, the second period had no goals. Both teams had multiple power play opportunities, but they were unable to convert any shot and the second period ended 3-1 in favor of the Bantams.
In the third period, the action was in the second half of the 20-minutensession. The Ephs scored the first goal of the third period at 13:45 when Trinity's James Callahan was sent to the box for checking. This allowed Niko Karamanis, assisted by Jack McCool and Nick Altmann, to shoot a phenomenal slap shot into the top right of the Bantams' net.
Five minutes later the Bantams responded with their own goal putting the game at 4-2. Barclay Gammill scored his second goal of the game. Gammill was placed in the middle of the ice and received teammate Timothy Weinstein's pass from left ice and drove the puck past Ruschil.
Then, the Ephs responded with their own goal with less than a minute left in the game, when Nick Altmann, assisted by Bobby Beniers and Niko Karamanis, ripped a back-handed goal past Bantam goaltender Jonah Capriotti.
With less than 30 seconds left and an untended goal for the Ephs, Barclay Gammill scored a hat trick from the left side of the goal at 19:43 solidifying the Bantams' second win against the Ephs this season.
Eph head coach Bill Kangas commented on the game stating, "I thought Trinity had a very strong first period. Even though we played much better in the second and third periods, we could not come all the way back from two, two goal deficits. We have a lot of things to work on this upcoming week, getting ready for our home and home series with Middlebury. I know the team will respond well with a great week of practice."
The Ephs will take on Middlebury at home next Friday at 7:00PM EST.