Williamstown, MA- The Williams College Ephs (15-6-1, NESCAC 12-4-0) faced the Hamilton Continentals (10-8-4, NESCAC 9-5-2) tonight at Lansing Chapman rink. The Continentals scored early in the first and second period, the Ephs made a rush in the third period but were unable to hold off the Panthers, allowing them a 3-2 victory.
Hamilton was able to score right in the beginning of the first period when Nick Hawkins, assisted by Teddy Simson, shot the puck from the front of Eph goaltender Cosimo Lazzarino and posted the first point of the game. Following the goal, the Ephs had a power play opportunity at 4:17 but were unable to capitalized keeping the game 1-0 in favor of the Continentals.
At 10:14, the Continentals started to pull further ahead when Nick Ursaliti, assisted by Jordi Jefferson skated from the right side and snuck the puck into an open area past Lazzarino. Although the Ephs skated hard they were unable to convert any shots to goals for the rest of the 20-minute period.
In the second period, the Ephs closed in on the Continentals lead. 3 minutes and 32 seconds in to the second period, Freshman Mac Carso, assisted by Daniel Woolfenden posted the Ephs' first goal of the game. Carso, who was recently named palyer of the week, made a phenomenal goal from the left side after receiving a pass from Woolfenden. However, the Continentals responded with their own goal shortly after at 4:55 when the Ephs' Julian Detmer was sent to the penalty box for slashing.
Although down two-points going into the third period, the Ephs surged forward scoring their second goal of the game at 13:16. Wyatt Glover lit the lamp and brought the game to 3-2 giving the Ephs a chance of tying with five minutes left. While the puck was behind the net, Hamilton goaltender Sean Storr made a crucial mistake and left the goal untended. This allowed for Glover to receive a pass and easily score from the left side of the net.
Although the Ephmen skated hard in the last five minutes of the third period, they were unable to catch up to the Continentals' lead. After the full 60 period game, the Hamilton Continentals outshot the Williams Ephs 29 to 28 and would leave the rink with a win.
Head coach Bill Kangas commented on tonights game saying, "We give Hamilton a lot of credit for coming out and starting the game in their favor. The players made a good adjustment during the game but the first period really gave Hamilton a good advantage".
The Ephs will play their last regular season game tomorrow at 3:00PM against the Amherst Mammoths.