WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Thirteen penalties fatigued the New England Pilgrims, who struggled to combat Williams' offensive charge Tuesday night at Lansing Chapman Rink. The Pilgrims were able to stay competitive in the 1st period, allowing one goal, but had no answers to the eight Eph goals coming in the 2nd and 3rd periods.
Plagued by penalties from the start, the Pilgrims found themselves down a man on five separate occasions in the opening frame, allowing the Williams Ephs to dominate offensively throughout the first 20 minutes of play.
While the Ephs tested Pilgrim goaltender Kelly Metz 25 times, they were only able to convert on one of those chances and skated into the locker room with a slight 1-0 lead.
The Ephs maintained their aggression and saw four more man-up opportunities, including a 5-on-3, but failed to convert.
Eph netminder, Margaret Draper (Belmont, MA), did not see much action, but successfully fended off the five shots that came her way in the 1st.
Looking to build upon their 20 shot advantage, the Eph offense did just that and opened the floodgates in the middle frame. They continued to outshoot the Pilgrims, but took advantage of special teams and capitalized in a way that they failed to do in the 1st, posting five unanswered goals.
The tirade began at 4:55 when Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) fired a slap shot from the point, which Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) was able to tip in to beat Metz and double Williams' lead. Hadley DesMeules (North Pomfret, VT) also collected an assist on the play.
Williams eventually put a powerplay goal on the board on their seventh man-up chance of the evening when Bravi sent a pass to Gabby Vukasin's (Princeton, NJ) open stick on the backdoor. The puck got through and Metz could not hold onto it, giving the Ephs a comfortable 3-0 lead. Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) also picked up an assist on the play.
The home team saw their second 5-on-3 chance due to a pair of Pilgrim penalties, and used this advantage to tack on a fourth goal. Bravi collected her third assist of the night when she set up Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA), who was right on the doorstep to swipe it home. Vukasin also aided the Levine tally.
With 1:15 still remaining on the powerplay, the relentless Eph offense registered their third powerplay goal of the game less than a minute after the Levine goal. At 13:50, Levine and Simon set up teammate Andree Heller (Toronto, ON), who sent a fifth goal past Metz.
Bravi would be involved in the sixth goal of the night, this time notching it shorthanded for her 12th goal of the season. She averages over a point per game (20 points in 14 games) and leads the NESCAC in goals.
The Ephs entered the second intermission with 52 shots on goal and a 6-0 lead.
The scoring barrage would continue, as Williams added three more goals in the final period, the first of those coming from Perry McCarthy (Princeton, NJ). 11:52 in, McCarthy found the back of the net off of assists from Ashley Arnold (Boxborough, MA) and Nitsan Goldstein (Ithaca, NY).
The eighth goal of the night, and fourth powerplay goal, came at 15:25 from Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ON), aided by DesMeules and Simon.
Noyes rounded out the scoring with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, finalizing the score at 9-0. Bravi picked up her fourth assist of the night, and Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) collected her first assist of the night on the play.
Draper earned another shut out, stopping 13 of 13 shots fired at her.
The Ephs, now 7-6-1, look to carry tonight's momentum into a crucial NESCAC matchup this weekend against Colby. The Mules will travel to Williamstown for the mini-series, beginning Friday night at 7pm.