Middletown, CT-Williams College (2-2-1, 0-2-1 NESCAC) tie the Wesleyan Cardinals (2-3-1, 0-0-1 NESCAC) with a score of 2-2. The Ephs scored two full strength goals and Wesleyan scored with a one-man advantage.
In this Little Three match-up, the Ephs started the first period strong, outshooting the Cardinals 8-4 in the first period. Though the Ephs had double the amount of shots on Wesleyan keeper, sophomore Allegra Grant, the score at the end of the period was tied at 1-1.
The two goals came within 30 seconds of each other. The Ephs broke first with a full strength goal at 14:13. A miscommunication by the Wesleyan team caused a turnover in their defensive zone. Freshmen Gabby Montembeault and Avery Dunn were there to pounce on the opportunity. Dunn was able to tip in the shot from the loose puck from Montembeault to give the Ephs a one-goal advantage.
Their lead was short-lived when immediately after the goal, junior Eliza Quigley was sent to the box for checking at 14:43. The second face-off of of the penalty kill was won by Wesleyan. The puck was sent back to Cardinal defenseman, Jackie Kilar, who crossed the puck to an awaiting Kendall Carr '19. Carr winded up for the shot and scored from the point at 14:50.
The period ended with a tied game of 1-1.
Similar to the first, the Ephs scored first in the second period as well. Their full strength goal came early at 2:29. Dunn had skated past the Cardinal net with the puck and a Wesleyan players close behind. She flicked the puck backwards toward the Cardinal crease where junior Olivia Stokes was waiting to tip in the pass.
The Ephs were able to maintain the lead for longer this period but ultimately gave up another penalty goal. The penalty came from Montembeault at 7:23 for tripping. Around the eight minute mark, a mess of bodies clamored around Ephs netminder, senior Christina Cleroux, until a flick shot up and over Cleroux's shoulder. The goal was scored by Carr and was assisted by Karr and sophomore Alexis Banquer
The first two periods mirrored each other with Williams scoring first with a full strength goal and Wesleyan answering with a power play goal. The third period was different. Both teams kept pucks out of their net and the period ended with a 2-2 tie. Even after a five minute overtime, the score remained tied.
"The special teams continued to be a huge component of success and today we gave up two power play goals and were unable to capitalize on our power play chances," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "We will look to build on that and have be better at simple things like passing, forecheck and in zone offense."
The two teams will face off tomorrow at 3pm.