Williams ties Oswego 3-3

Eliza Noyes '16
Eliza Noyes '16

OSWEGO, NY — The Williams College women's hockey team (12-8-1) tied Oswego State (10-8-4) tonight 3-3 in an out-of-conference matchup. Oswego junior Allie Ullrich (St. Louis, MO) tied the game up with a power play goal at 10:30 in the third period. The Ephs will face off against Oswego State again tomorrow afternoon.

The Oswego State Lakers took the lead early on tonight with a wrap around goal by junior Ashley Lyman (Lockport, NY) to go up 1-0, 40 seconds into the first period. Lyman was assisted by sophomore Olivia Ellis (Wilcox, SK) and senior Lizzie Marks (Penfield, NY).

However, the Ephs were quick to respond to the Lakers goal tying the game up at 2:58 with a goal by senior captain Eliza Noyes (Concord, MA). Junior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT) passed the puck to senior Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) who ripped a shot from the point. Senior goalie Tori Trovato (Fulton, NY) sent the rebound in front of the net, where Noyes was waiting to bury the puck for the goal. 

After tying the game up 1-1, Williams kept control of the puck for the rest of the period.

Several Ephs had looks on net. Sophomore Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) took a backhanded shot from the slot at 8:15 that Trovato barely managed to cover. Seconds later, junior Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) weaved her way through the neutral zone to take a shot from below the hashmarks that Trovato deflected into the corner. 

With just under five minutes left in the first frame, the Ephs went up 2-1 against the Lakers with a goal by Stevenson. The junior duo of Krueger and Stevenson had a two on one against a Lakers defenseman. Krueger passed the puck slightly up the ice to Stevenson, who took the puck past the hashmarks with her forehand. Stevenson proceeded to beat the goalie by switching the puck over to her backhand side for the goal. 

The Ephs kept pressuring the Lakers after their goal. With two minutes left in the period, Simon took a nice wrist shot from the point, but Trovato made a glove save to keep it a one goal game.

At the end of the period, Oswego went on the power play, but were unable to capitalize on the one-man advantage. 

The Lakers carried their power play over into the second frame, but were unable to get past the Ephs who hold the second best penalty kill in the nation at 94%.

Senior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA) had a scoring opportunity at the seven minute mark, skating up the boards and rushing the net for a backhanded shot. However Trovato stayed big in net to deflect the shot into the corner.

Responding to Levine's pressure, the Lakers tied up the game at 7:49 in the second frame. Junior Brianna Rice (Newmarket, ONT) carried the puck from the blue line up to the dot to take a top shelf wrist shot for the goal. 

At 11:40, Williams went on the power play. Junior captain Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) got several looks on net with shots from the point, but Trovato stayed tough between the pipes to hold her off. 

The Lakers held off the Ephs to earn the penalty kill and play went up and down the ice for the rest of the period. Though tied 2-2 at the end of the second, Williams went into the final frame with an advantage outshooting the Lakers 22 to 10.

The Ephs went into the final frame with renewed energy and regained the lead at 5:15 with a goal by senior Michaela Levine (Lititz, PA). Simon passed the puck to Levine, who skated around the net and fired a shot past Trovato to go up 3-2.

Williams received a penalty at 10:20 in the final period. Ten seconds later, Ullrich scored on the Ephs to tie up the game 3-3 with a shot on Draper's blocker side when she was screened.

At 12:53 Williams went on the power play, but could not capitalize on the one-man advantage. Oswego earned their second penalty kill of the night.

Play went back and forth for the remainder of the period and through overtime, with both Draper and Trovato staying tough between the pipes. 

Draper made a total of 13 saves tonight, while Trovato made 47.

"We played an inconsistent game tonight," reflected head coach Meghan Gillis, "we wavered in our team game so we will be looking to improve that tomorrow."

The Ephs face off against the Lakers tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at the Marano Center Campus Arena.