WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Williams College women's hockey team lost to Elmira College tonight in a fast-paced game 4-2. At 12:57 in the third period, freshman Anna Tude (Stockholm, Sweden) scored the game-winning goal to put the Soaring Eagles up 3-2 against the Ephs. Then with 30 seconds remaining in the third period, Elmira scored an empty net goal to secure their lead 4-2. 2nd ranked Elmira is now 13-1-1 while the Ephs are 6-6-1 for the season.
The Ephs were tested early on in the first period, as the Soaring Eagles came out playing strong offensive hockey. At 4:52, the Ephs earned their first penalty kill of the period, with Williams defense working well together to clear the puck from the Williams zone. Then at 8:22, Elmira received a penalty, and Williams started controlling play.
Williams held off Elmira short-handed again at 12:19, keeping the momentum from the penalty kill for the rest of the period. When Elmira received another penalty at 14:13, Sophomore Chelsea Stevenson (Tilbury, Ont.) scored a power play goal at 15:03 in the first. Assisted by sophomore Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and junior Talia Simon (Carlisle, Mass.), Stevenson scored a top shelf from the top of the circle to put Williams up 1-0 against Elmira.
Freshman goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, N.S.) made several good saves at the end of the first period to keep Williams in the lead. They skated to the locker room with a one goal lead.
Elmira came out strong in the second period, with freshman Cassidy Delainey (Edmonton, Ab.) tying the game up with a power play goal 43 seconds into the period. Elmira kept the puck in the Williams zone for the first half of the period, keeping the pressure on Cleroux in net. At one point, the freshman goalie deflected a shot into the corner with her pads after losing her stick in the net. The Soaring Eagles took the lead at 14:13 with a goal by freshman Ashton Hogan (Shelburne, Ont.).
However, the Ephs were quick to respond with a power play goal by Hanna Beattie, assisted by sophomore Emily Krueger (Manasquan, N.J.) at 19:42. The sophomore duo skated up the ice together, and off a pass by Krueger, Beattie held the puck at the point while an Elmira player tried to block her shot. Beattie held the puck on her stick until the Elmira player over-skated, and then buried the puck in the net to tie the game 2-2.
The third period featured physical play from both teams. Elmira had several offensive plays that were broken up by Williams defense fighting hard to win the puck. The Ephs controlled play for the first half of the period, and had several scoring opportunities when Elmira received a penalty at 8:53 but were unable to capitalize. The Soaring Eagles took control of the puck off their penalty kill, and Anna Tude scored a power play goal at 12:57 to go up 3-2 against the Ephs.
With just under two minutes to go in the final period, Williams pulled Cleroux. The Ephs had several good looks playing 6 on 5, but were unable to score. Elmira gained possession of the puck and scored an empty net goal with 30 seconds to go in the game.
"We can take away several positives from the game tonight playing the second ranked division 3 team," commented head coach Meghan Gillis, "we did a good job scoring two power play goals, and we're looking to continue playing fast-paced hockey against Colby."
Elmira's goalie Kelcey Crawford (Purcellville, VA) made a total of 17 saves. Cleroux made a total of 26 saves tonight, and now holds the Williams women's hockey record for most scoreless minutes played. She went 248 minutes and 11 seconds without allowing a goal.
Come skate with the Williams College varsity hockey teams this Sunday, January 25th from 1:30-3pm at Lansing Chapman rink.
The Ephs face off against Colby this friday at 7pm.