Williamstown, MA- In their last regular season matchup, the Williams College Ephs (16-7-1, NESCAC 13-5-0) downed the Amherst Mammoths (9-11-4, NESCAC 7-8-3) 5-2. Freshman Mac Carso and Junior Tyler Scott led the Ephs to victory, each scoring two goals.
Emotions were running high this afternoon during the last regular season game between the two rivals. Both teams came into the game with equal aggression, but the Ephs were the first to draw blood at 12:47. Tyler Scott fired a dart past Amherst goaltender Giancarlo Ventre from the left side circle and put the game 1-0.
The rest of the first period had three power plays, two for the Ephs and one for the Mammoths. Neither team was able to convert any of the shots to goals and the first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Ephs.
In the second period there were four goals. The Ephs extended their lead to 2-0 at 3:35 when Niko Karamanis, assisted by Connor Kucharski, flew toward the goal and slapped the puck straight past Ventre and into the top right of the net. Down two-goats, the Mammoths collected their offensive line and responded with their first goal of the game. Patrick Daly, assisted by Joey Verkerke, picked up a deflected puck and tipped it into an opening.
Not wanting to lose their two-goal lead, the Ephs responded with their own goal at 5:46, Tyler Scott, assisted by Michael Armstrong, scored his second goal of the season. Scott chased after a loose puck from a deflected shot and scored on Ventre's left side.
At 12:52, the Mammoths scored on a power play goal. Matteao Mangiardi, assisted by Greg McGunigle, capitalized on the one-man advantage and scored with a close-range shot. Mangiardi's goal put the game at 3-2, Williams, after 40 minutes of play.
Going into the third period with a one-goal advantage, the Ephs looked to extend their lead and solidify the win. Mac Carso's power play goal at 13:44 put the Ephs up two with less than 7 minutes left in the game. Carso, assisted by Nick Altmann, scored off a deflected shot from the front of the net. Less than two-minutes later, Carso scored his second goal of the game and cemented the Ephs' win. After picking up a loose puck, Carso slipped it from theleft side of the goal past Ventre.
The Ephs outshot Amherst 35 to 30 and ended the regular season with a win that clinched first place in NESCAC in regular season play and will give the Ephs home ice in thier first round NESCAC Tournament contest next weekend. Additnally, the win gaive the Ephs the 2019-20 Little Three title.
When asked to comment on today's game Eph head coach Bill Kangas stated, "The game went back and forth until we had a great power play oppotunitey that got us the fourth goal, which also led us to our fifth goal. Our players kept going and defended very well. The first period was the start that we needed and it's very exciting that we could clinch the one seed after the regular season".
Coach Kangas further commented on this saying, "In this league it's nice to have the home game but its competitive and will be challenging. It is exciting to work hard and finally earn that top spot."