WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College Ephs (11-8-0) lost to NESCAC opponent Trinity College (10-7-1) tonight 4-2 at Lansing Chapman Rink. Senior Emma Tani (Orange, CA) scored the game-winning goal at 7:21 in the third period. The Ephs are now 7-6-0 for conference play while the Bantams are 4-6-1.
The first period began with Williams going on the power play at 1:08. Junior Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) tested the Bantams goalie with a top shelf shot, but sophomore Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, FL) made a good glove save to keep the score at 0-0.
The Bantams earned a penalty kill, and put pressure on Williams keeping the puck in the offensive zone. A Trinity forward tested sophomore Williams goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) with a shot from below the hashmarks, but Cleroux came up with a glove save of her own to hold off the Bantams.
Play moved up and down the ice for the remainder of the period. Senior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA) had a scoring opportunity after carrying the puck up the board and taking a wrist shot from the point, but Belinskas displayed good rebound control deflecting the puck into the corner.
A few seconds later, Williams had another opportunity after a scramble in front of the Trinity goal, but Belinskas fell on the puck for the whistle.
At the ten minute mark, senior Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) took a shot from the point that the Bantams goalie once again deflected into the corner.
Playing aggressive hockey, both teams received penalties within the last 9 minutes of play. However neither team was able to capitalize on the 4 on 4 hockey or one man advantage, and the game remained tied at 0-0 going into the second frame.
Trinity came out with renewed energy at the beginning of the second period, and took the lead at 2:14. Sophomore Caroline Howell (Lyme, NH) scored off a low shot from the point to go up 1-0 for the Bantams. Howell was assisted by Tani and sophomore Tasha Adams (Reston,VA).
Trinity continued to control play, going up 2-0 at 6:03 in the second frame. Adams scored after a scramble in front of the Williams net, assisted by Tani.
Williams fought back after the Trinity goal, showing good defensive play on a Trinity power play at 8:34. Senior captain Eliza Noyes (Concord, MA) blocked a slap shot from the point to hold off the Bantams.
Williams went on the power play for the last five minutes of play in the second frame, but were unable to capitalize on the one man advantage. Belinskas stayed tough between the pipes to keep Williams offense at bay.
At the beginning of the third period, Cleroux made a huge save off a breakaway, sending a low shot off into the corner.
At the 7 minute mark, Tani scored a power play goal off a low shot from the point, assisted by sophomore Delaney Harrop (Walpole, MA) to go up 3-0.
The Ephs continued to fight after the Trinity goal, and just over a minute later Levine scored an unassisted goal after rushing the Trinity net. Levine leads the Ephs with 17 points for the season.
Halfway through the period, Cleroux made her second breakaway save of the night, deflecting a low shot to the corner.
With just under three minutes to go in the game, Williams pulled their goalie to gain a one man advantage. However the Bantams managed to steal the puck from the Ephs in the offensive zone. Senior Cheeky Herr (Princeton, NJ) scored an empty net goal to make it a 4-1 lead for Trinity.
Cleroux went back in net after the Trinity goal. Playing 5 on 5, junior Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) scored after a scramble in front of the Bantams net, assisted by Levine to make it a 2 goal game.
Belinskas stayed big in net for the last minute of play, giving the Bantams a 4-2 victory over the Ephs.
Cleroux made a total of 29 saves, while Belinskas made 27.
"We came out strong in the first period, but we let up in the second and third," commented head coach Meghan Gillis, "tomorrow we will focus on playing a full sixty minutes of hockey."
The Ephs face off against the Bantams tomorrow afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 3pm.