CLINTON, NY — The Williams College women's hockey team lost to the Hamilton College Continentals this afternoon 5-1. Sophomore Kelli Mackey (Sewickley, PA) scored the game-winning goal, assisted by senior Katie Parkman (Stratford, PEI) at 5:56 in the second period. The Ephs face off again against the Continentals tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.
Hamilton took the lead in the first period with a power play goal at 5:20 by senior Megan Ahern (Oswego, NY). Junior goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) deflected Parkman's initial shot, but couldn't cover the puck before Ahern got it past her for the goal.
After the goal, Williams put more pressure on Hamilton, outshooting them 12 to 4 by the end of the period. Senior captain Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) took two consecutive shots on goal within a minute of the Continentals taking the lead, while sophomore Abby Brustad (Mound, MN) fought hard along the boards to win the puck and take a slap shot.
Play went back and forth in the neutral zone during the middle of the period. Then with 6:15 to go, the Ephs had a scoring opportunity when senior assistant captain Caitlin Buckley (Mahopac, NY) blasted a shot from the slot; however the puck hit the post and deflected off into the corner.
At 16:36, the Ephs received their second penalty of the game. Beattie blocked a shot from the top of the circle, and Cleroux stayed tough between the pipes to fend off the Continentals and keep it a one goal game going into the second frame.
Hamilton came out strong in the second period, putting pressure on the Ephs from the beginning. At 2:31 the Ephs received their third penalty of the game, while the Continentals received their first penalty at 3:59 making it 4 on 4 hockey.
At 5:56, the Continentals scored to secure a two goal lead. Parkman passed the puck to Mackey from behind the net, who then fired it home with a shot from the slot to make it 2-0.
The rest of the period was riddled with penalties, with both teams spending time in the box.
Continuing to pressure Hamilton with several shots on goal, Williams made it a one goal game at 16:09. Sophomore Anna Fucillo (Winthrop, MA) forced a turnover in the Hamilton zone, and then passed the puck to assistant captain Emily Krueger'17 (Manasquan, NJ) who was waiting in front of the net to bury the puck.
The Ephs started the final frame strong, outshooting the Continentals 25 to 16 with 15 minutes to go in the game. However at 9:46, Williams received a penalty, giving Hamilton the opportunity to solidify their lead 3-1 with a power play goal. Sophomore Emily Williams (Fallbrook, CA) scored off a shot from the top of the circle at 10:49, assisted by Parkman and Taegan Blackkwell'19 (Fairfield, CT).
At 11:18, sophomore Olivia Hawes (Spring, TX) scored another power play goal, making it 4-1 for the Continentals.
Hamilton received two consecutive penalties at 13:05 and 13:52, giving the Ephs a 5 on 3 advantage. However Walther stayed solid in net to fend off the Williams offensive line.
With 2 minutes to go in the third, Williams pulled their goalie to gain a one man advantage. Hamilton managed to force a turnover in the neutral zone and score an empty net goal at 18:31, making it a 5-1 win over the Ephs for Hamilton.
Williams head coach Meghan Gillis commented, "Today we did some really good things and we just have to work on having those types of plays happen more consistently. Our goal was scored by getting the puck deep and then quickly attacking the net. Simple, yet efficient hockey."
Walther finished the game with 29 saves, and Cleroux finished with 19.
For overarching season goals, Gillis remarked, "we will continue to work and develop special teams. We will also continue to find ways to play with urgency for the full 60 minutes. "
The Ephs face off against the Continentals again tomorrow at 3pm at Hamilton College.