WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College women's hockey team (11-5-0) defeated conference opponent Connecticut College (7-7-1) 2-1 today at Lansing Chapman Rink. Senior co-captain Eliza Noyes (Concord, MA) scored the game winning goal at 18:53 in the final period, scoring her first goal of the season. The Ephs are now 7-3-0 for conference play while the Camels are 4-5-1.
The first period began with junior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT) testing junior Connecticut goalie Katherine Chester (Mendham, NJ) early on with a low shot blocker side. Chester displayed good rebound control, deflecting the puck to the corner.
When Connecticut went on the power play at 5:19, the Ephs stepped up to earn the penalty kill. Sophomore Emily Eide (Edina, MN) blocked a slap shot from the point, and Williams defense cleared the puck several times.
The Ephs went on the power play right after the penalty kill at 7:10. Junior Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) tested Chester, who deflected the puck to the corner. The Ephs were unable to convert on the power play, and then went back on the penalty kill right afterwards at 9:01.
Sophomore goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) made a good body save off a shot from the point, keeping the score tied at 0-0 through the Connecticut power play.
With just under 5 minutes left in the period, Connecticut College went on the power play again, but were unable to get past Williams defense. Senior Hadley DesMeules (North Pomfret, VT) blocked a slap shot from the point, and freshmen Anna Fucillo (Winthrop, MA) cleared the puck from the Williams end, fending off the Camels.
Williams continues to lead the NESCAC with a 96.2% on the penalty kill.
After a scramble in front of Cleroux's net with 25 seconds to go in the period, Cleroux managed to clear the puck past the blue line with a kick save, making 11 saves in the period.
The Camels went on the power play at 8:55 in the second period, but they were unable to get past Williams defense once more.
Play went up and down the ice after the Williams penalty kill. Then, at 16:20 off a zone entry, sophomore Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) scored to make it 1-0 for the Ephs. Senior Michaela Levine (Litiz, PA) passed the puck from below the hashmarks out in front of the net to Lovaas, who kicked the puck into the net for the goal. Lovaas scored her 5th goal of the season tonight.
Cleroux continued her strong play into the third period. At 3:30, freshman Jordan Cross (Saugus, MA) beat Williams defense off a zone entry, and shot right at Cleroux, who fell on the rebound. Then at 7:23, the Camels went on the power play, pressuring Williams once more. Cleroux made two consecutive pad saves off shots from the point, leading the Ephs to their 5th penalty kill of the game.
With just over 5 minutes to go in the final frame, the Ephs went on the power play, maintaining good puck control throughout the 2 minutes. Junior Emily Kruger (Manasquan, NJ) took a shot from the slot, but Chester fell on the rebound for the whistle.
Then with under a minute left in the power play, junior Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) took a wrist shot that the Camels goalie deflected into the corner.
Building momentum off their penalty kill, Connecticut offense rushed the net. After a scramble in front of Cleroux's net, sophomore Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, MA) buried the puck with just under 3 minutes to go in the game to tie it up 1-1.
The Ephs responded a minute and a half later, when co-captain Noyes scored the game-winning goal at 18:53, making it 2-1 for the Ephs. Sophomore Candace Lu (Studio City, CA) took a slap shot from the point that Chester deflected out front to Krueger, who tipped it to Noyes for the goal.
The Camels pulled their goalie after the Williams goal, but were unable to capitalize on the one man advantage.
"After yesterday's win against the Camels, we focused tonight on playing better in the defensive zone, and trying to play as a unit of 6," reflected head coach Meghan Gillis, "Christina played a great game tonight, and gave us a chance to win making several great saves."
Cleroux made a total of 34 saves, while Chester made 27.
The Ephs play away against conference rival Amherst College next Friday. The puck drops at 7pm.
Tomorrow afternoon from 2-4:00 p.m. in Lansing Chapman Rink both the men's and women's Eph hockey teams will be skating with their friends and fans. The event is free and open to the public. Skate rentals are available at Goff's on Spring Street.