Minneapolis, MN–Williams College (4-3-2) fell to the Augsburg University Auggies (7-3-1) 1-0 on the road this afternoon. The matchup was a close one but the Auggies were able to capitalize on one opportunity while the Ephs fell short on a couple.
The Ephs took this long break to really tone their game and utilized facilities from around the country to do so. Their first game back was a non-conference game against a small liberal arts college in Minneapolis, MN, Augsburg. Their first period back showed for their hard work as the Ephs kept their own against the strong Augsburg team. Statistically, the first period did not have much action with no goals and no penalties, however, the Ephs showed agility in their puck handling skills and transitions. The Ephs were able to keep the puck on the Augsburg end and pressured Augsburg goaltender, senior Rebecca Sonnek, with eight shots to Augsburg's six on Eph goaltender, senior Christina Cleroux.
With not much action in the first period, the second period had three penalties and a goal. The first two penalties came very early in the period. Senior Auggie Megan Robertson was called for interference at 1:56 and Ephs senior Alex Lovaas was called for hooking shortly after at 2:15. The Ephs had some close calls but did not post a goal during this 4-on-4 matchup. Junior Ephs Olivia Stokes was called very late in the period (17:56) for tripping but the Ephs special teams kept the puck out of the net.
The goal came from Auggie sophomore Mikayla Jones at 10:16. The goal was assisted by Robertson and Jones' classmate, Mackenzie Molnar. The goal was a skillful backhand shot over Cleroux's shoulder and put the Auggie's in the lead going into the third period.
With the third period coming to an end, an Auggie penalty at 7:19 for too many players on the ice gave the Ephs an opportunity to close the gap and tie up the game. Although there were many chances to get their first goal, the Ephs could not get the puck past Sonnek. The game ended with the Ephs still down from the Auggie goal in the second period.
"It was a lot of fun to play a top team. I think we looked refreshed coming back from break just need to work on finishing our chances," head coach Meghan Gillis said. "We also had a power play in the third that we needed to create more chances and momentum from so that's something to focus on tomorrow."
The Ephs will continue their journey on the road tomorrow with a New Year's Day game against Saint Mary's at 1pm CST.