Castleton, VT-The Williams women's hockey team (3-2-2, 0-2-0 NESCAC) defeated the Castleton Spartans (4-5-1) 3-1 while on the road.
The Ephs continued their reign of dominance on the ice tonight, outshooting Castleton 25 to 16. Sophomore netminder Marissa Anderson was back in net for the Ephs and nearly had her first shutout of the season but a late third period Spartan goal gave her a 93.8% save percentage.
In past games, killing penalties have been where the Ephs have lost their most goals. Tonight, however, was different. Each side had four penalties each but none of the goals came from power plays. All goals were scored on full strength and was, therefore, a testament to the fortitude of this Williams squad to be able to pull out a win even when both team's special teams are on point.
With the Ephs early on the board, the team didn't relent and kept the pressure on the Spartans. They extended their lead at 9:38 into the first period with junior Anna Fucillo's goal with an assist from senior Candace Lu and freshman Avery Dunn.
The two teams battled hard for nearly two period with no goals to each side. It was not until late into the third period did the scoreboard change.
The Ephs were the first to break the nearly two period goal drought. Junior Abby Brustad, assisted by freshman Meghan Halloran, extended the Eph's lead to three with an empty net goal at 19:16 when Spartan goaltender, sophomore Alexis Kalm, was pulled to get an extra skater on for Castleton.
The Ephs nearly had their second shutout of the season but a late breakaway opportunity put Castleson on the board. The goal was scored by freshman Casey Traill and assisted by junior Jade Remillard.
"Anderson was really strong for us tonight. We gave up some high quality scoring chances throughout and she kept them off the scoreboard until we gave up a breakaway at the end," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "There is always room for improvement and we will do so in the coming days of practice. Our main focus is to continue to work on capitalizing on power play oppotunites. Overall, we will also still continue to improve our game to compete at the high level of our schedule."
The team will return home after three games away this Saturday at 3pm. They will be facing off Salve Regina in their fourth non-conference game of the season.