Ephs down Salve Regina 4-1

Olivia Stokes '19
Olivia Stokes '19

NEWPORT, RI — The Williams College women's hockey team (9-8-0) defeated out-of-conference opponent Salve Regina (1-14-1) 4-1 tonight. Freshman Mia Carroll (New Canaan, CT) scored the game winning goal at 15:02 in the first frame. The Ephs will face off against NESCAC rival Amherst College this coming Friday at 7pm.

51 seconds into the first period, the Ephs scored off the first shot of the game. Junior Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) scored, assisted by sophomore Olivia Stokes (Pittsburgh, PA). 

At the five minute mark, Salve Regina goalie Jennifer O'Connell'19 (Marstons Mills, MA) made several key saves to keep it a one goal game.

At 7:54, Salve Regina went on the power play. During the two minutes they had one shot from the right point, that junior goalie Christina Cleroux (New Glascow, NS) handled easily.

With that penalty kill, the Ephs improved on their 86% penalty kill rate.

Then five minutes later at 10:42, senior Sara Lehman (Lexington, MA) took a huge slap shot from the hashmarks from the left hand side. O'Connell held the puck to stop the play.

Shortly after, O'Connell stopped Lehman again as she was moving right to left through the slot.

At 15:02 Mia Carroll scored to make it 2-0 for Williams. Junior Candace Lu (Studio City, CA) kept the puck in the Seahawks zone, and took several shots on O'Connell. The puck came loose to the right side, where Carroll was waiting to jump on it. She took a wrist shot to score her second goal of the season.

With 4:08 minutes left in the first period, the Ephs went on the power play. They had several good chances but were unable to convert a goal. 

Just after the power play finished, junior Kearan Burke (Shrewsbury, MA) scored after a scramble in front of the Seahawks net at 18:06. She was assisted by Stokes and senior Chelsey Stevenson (Tilbury, ONT).

The Ephs continued to control the puck throughout the second period, outshooting Salve Regina 13 to 11. 

With 10 seconds left in the frame, Salve Regina forwards pressured Cleroux with consecutive shots from the slot. However Cleroux managed to stay big in net, pushing the puck to her defenseman who cleared the puck.

In the final period the Seahawks went on the power play at 7:40. Williams did a good job converting defense to offense. Stevenson carried the puck into the Salve Regina end, and while doing a spinarama drew a penalty on the Seahawks.

Neither team scored playing 4 on 4 hockey.

Salve Regina went on the power play again at 10:55, and twenty seconds later sophomore Taylor Chisolm (Discovery Bay, CA) scored after a scramble in front of Cleroux's net to make it 3-1 Williams.

Salve Regina started to apply more offensive pressure after the goal. However Cleroux stayed big in net to maintain her team's lead.

With 2 minutes left in the game, the Seahawks pulled their goalie to give their team a one-man advantage.

At 18:11, senior assistant captain Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) won the puck and passed it to freshman Amanda Reisman (Short Hills, NJ) who scored an empty net goal. It was Reisman's first collegiate goal.

The Ephs outshot the Seahawks 45 to 27 tonight.

"I think we started off great tonight, but still need to work towards playing a full sixty minutes of hockey," commented Williams head coach Meghan Gillis.

Williams will face off against Little Three rival Amherst College this Friday at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 7pm.

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