WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Colby College and Williams College were back at it Saturday afternoon in Lansing Chapman Rink after last night's thriller, which the Ephs captured in overtime. The match up was more lopsided this afternoon and the Ephs took control from the start, refusing to let the Mules make a contest out of it. Playing a complete 60 minutes, the Ephs earned a 4-0 win.
The Ephs got off to a blazing start, taking a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. They would tack on two more unanswered goals in the middle frame. An impressive effort by freshman goalie Margaret Draper (Belmont, MA) in the net earned her a third shut out for the season.
Sophomore defensemen Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) and junior forward Andree Heller (Toronto, ON) got the scoring started for the Ephs. Simon sent a low shot from the center that made its way through traffic and was tipped in by Heller. The Heller tally came 5 seconds into an Eph powerplay, at 4:36.
Williams extended their lead at the 17:50 mark when senior co-captain Cristina Bravi (Montreal, QC) streaked into the Mules zone on a breakaway. She made a slick forehand backhand move, and roofed her backhander to beat the sprawling Colby goaltender as the Ephs doubled their lead. Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA) collected an assist on the play.
Williams would skate into the locker room with a commanding 14-3 shot advantage, and two goals to show for it.
The middle frame featured physical play, as the Mules fought to get on the scoreboard and the Ephs looked to up their lead.
The frame was scoreless until the 10:58 mark, when Bravi notched her second goal of the night. Freshman Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) spun around and threw a hard pass towards the crease, where Bravi was on the doorstep to tip it past Wheeler.
The Eph offense continued their relentless attack, upping their lead with 4:07 remaining in the 2nd. Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) set up Levine, who shot it short side under the bar to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
Head coach Meghan Gillis was pleased with her team's quick start, stating, "They have a good goalie, as we saw yesterday, so we were just trying to get more pucks to the net and get traffic in front to generate better scoring chances. We had more special teams opportunities today than we did yesterday, so we were really able to capitalize when we got those.
The final frame featured similar play to the previous two, with Williams controlling the puck and outplaying the Mules. While Colby saw two man-up situations, the Williams penalty kill did not budge.
The period concluded scoreless, securing Williams' victory, 4-0.
Draper concluded the game with 13 saves, while Wheeler turned away 37 of the 41 Ephs shots.
The Ephs will face off against another competitive NESCAC opponent next weekend. They will hit the road and travel to Bowdoin for games Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
"They have a bigger ice sheet than we're used to here at Williams, so we'll be working on getting our legs back and working on moving the puck quickly and keep generating offense," commented Gillis.