WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – With their 5-2 win over archrival Amherst on Saturday Bill Kangas' Williams College men's ice hockey team finished in first place in the NESCAC regular season standings, earning the Ephs the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament, which begins Saturday, February 29.
Williams will host eighth-seeded Connecticut College in Lansing Chapman Rink at 3:00 PM on Saturday.
The 5-2 win over Amherst on yesterday locked up first place in the NESCAC regular season standings and also secured the Ephs an outright Little Three title. NESCAC tournament seeding and tournament schedule are listed below.
In the two regular season matchups between the Ephs and the Camels Williams posted 3-1 wins on the road November 22 and at home on January 31. In their 3-1 win in November at Connecticut College the Ephs fell behind 1-0 to the Camels in the first period, before tying the game a little over four minutes later on a goal by Will Somers, assisted by Myles Cunningham and Nick Altmann.
The go-ahead tally and eventual game-winner was netted by Bobby Beniers unassisted with the Ephs short-handed at 12:29 of the second period.
In Lansing Chapman Rink in January once again the Ephs utilized a short-handed goal and an empty netter to dispose of the Camels. This time the Ephs took the early 1-0 lead when Nick Altmann scored off a feed from Nick VanBelle at 5:59 in the first period.
The Camels leveled the score at one with a goal by Paul Capozzi less than 90 seconds later with Colin Stevens and Ryan Petti being credited with assists.
With just over one minute remaining in the game Nika Karamanis put the game out of reach of the Camels when he added an empty net goal with Connor Kucharksi registering the assist.
Williams is 3-2 in their last five games entering the NESCAC quarterfinal contest, while the Connecticut College Camels are 2-3.
The Ephs are led in points by Jack McCool who has 18 on two goals and 16 assists. The leading goal scorer for Williams is Niko Karamanis who has 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. Four of Karamanis' goals have been game-winners and he has recorded one empty net goal.
Freshman goalie Evan Ruschil has played the most minutes (8:41.14) and has appeared in 14 games this season, while sharing duties with sophomore Cosimo Lazzarino (6:03.26). Ruschil has stopped 428 of457 shots, allowing 29 goals. His save percentage is .928 and his goals allowed average is 2.07 and Ruschil sports a 10-4-0 record.
Lazzarino has denied 275 of 295 shots, allowing 20 goals and posting a save percentage of .923. His goals against average is 1.99.
The Camels are led in scoring by Ryan Petti who has scored 13 goals and assisted on 10 for a team-high 23 points. Petti is tied for the team lead in game-winners with two other Camels with two. Paul Capozzi is the Camels' leader in assists with 13 and his seven goals gives him a total of 20 points.
Connor Rodericks has appeared in 20 games in goal for the Camels logging 1160.11 minutes and allowing 38 goals, giving him a 1.97 goals against average. Rodericks' save percentage is .941 as he has stopped 606 of 644 shots.
NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Final Standings
1. Williams (13-5-0 / .722)
2. Trinity (12-5-1 / .694)
3. Hamilton (10-6-2 / .611)
4. Middlebury (8-7-3 / .528)
5. Wesleyan (8-9-1 / .472) *
6. Bowdoin (8-9-1 / .472) *
7. Amherst (7-8-3 / .472) *
8. Connecticut College (7-9-2 / .444)
9. Tufts (6-11-1 / .361)
10. Colby (3-13-2 / .222)
* Wesleyan, Bowdoin, and Amherst each had a .472 winning percentage. In head-to-head competition, Wesleyan went 2-1-1 to earn the No. 5 seed, Bowdoin went 2-2-0 to earn the No. 6 seed, and Amherst went 1-2-1 to earn the No. 7 seed.
2020 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 29 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Connecticut College at No. 1 Williams – 3:00 p.m.
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Trinity - 1:00 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Hamilton - 4:00 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Middlebury - 4:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, March 7 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1:00 pm | 4:00 pm
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship - Sunday, March 8