Williamstown, MA-Williams College (2-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) overtook the Buffalo State Bengals (8-1-0, 6-0 ECAC) 5-0 this Thanksgiving Saturday. Junior Emily Krueger and senir Michaela Levin each netted two goals and first year Olbvia Stokes tallied the first Eph goal.
Ephs sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux turned aside 17 shots by the Bengals to record her first shutout of the season and pinned the first loss of the season on Buffalo State.
The first period of this non-conference matchup started with an early goal by the Ephs at 4:08. Freshman Olivia Stokes scored her first goal wearing purple and was assisted by sophomore Kearan Burke. Stokes turned off the boards and surprised the Buffalo State's goaltender, sophomore Justine Silva, with a shot in between Silva and the left goal post.
The period ended with a 6-5 shooting record with the Ephs overtaking the Bengals. The Ephs, however, kept play in the offensive zone and worked the puck around before shooting.
The second period started with two early power play opportunities for the Ephs but the Ephs could not capitalize on either power play. It was not until the third power play of the period that the Ephs extended their lead to 2-0 after senior Michaela Levine cashed in on Bengal sophomore Caitie Horvatits' holding offense for her first goal of the season at 13:19 of the second period. Levine was assisted by junior Emily Krueger and first year Claire Mancheski.
In the last minute of the second period , junior Viivi Vaattovaara gave the Ephs yet another opportunity after she received a five minute major with a checking from behind. Williams senior Talia Simon received a tripping penalty 11 seconds before the end of the period so the third period began with a four-on-four before giving the Ephs a three minute window to further extend the purple lead.
The third period began with a plethora of penalties with the Ephs and the Bengals alternating between offenses. On the day Buffalo State was whistled for eight infractions, while the Ephs were whistled for seven.
When the dust settled, junior Viivi Vaattovaara's major and sophomore Erin Gehan's slashing penalty gave the Ephs a 36 second five-on-three. Junior Emily Krueger capitalized on the two-man advantage and scored at 4:20 with an assist from senior Michaela Levine. At 11:29 Levine got her second goal of the game, skating end-to end before sliding it past Bengal goaltender, Justine Silva. Sophomore Megan Sackett went in for Silva after she let in a fourth goal.
"We did a good job staying focused through all those situations, with power plays and penalty kills but we scored on that which was great," said Eph head coach Megan Gillis.. "We need to do a better job keeping our feet moving to take less penalties."
In the last 20 seconds of the game, junior Emily Krueger along with freshman Abby Brustard slid one last puck into the Bengal net with Brustard assiting on Krueger's second goal of the contest.
"Our defensive line had some lapses but Cleroux was always there and she got the shutout," Gillis said.
The Williams College women's ice hockey team will play at Castleton tomorrow at 3pm.