Waterville, Maine - The Williams women's hockey team returned to the ice this afternoon to take on the Colby Mules (4-6-3; 1-4-3 NESCAC) in the second half of their weekend double header. The Ephs (8-3-3; 3-2-3 NESCAC) had plans of keeping their 2018 campaign undefeated and after a frustrating tie yesterday, they took to the ice with some vengeance today
In a similar fashion to yesterday, Williams was able to break through first. Following a relatively even first period, sophomore Amanda Reisman was able to put one past the goalie off of a rebound. The shot was taken from the point and Mules Freshman goaltender Cierra San Roman gave up a rebound, which Reisman was able to slide past, making the score 1-0 in favor of the Ephs. Officially, the goal was scored at 18:21 in the first and it was assisted by Junior Abby Brustad and Junior Eliza Quigley.
The second period was the same end result as yesterday's game, (a scoreless period) but the shot totals were completely reversed from yesterday's contest. While yesterday, when the Ephs were able to heavily outshoot the Mules, Colby outshot Williams 25-12 in the 2nd period today. Despite many very close calls, Ephs sophomore netminder Marissa Anderson turned aside all 25 shots she faced in the period, keeping the score at 1-0 in favor of the the Ephs. However, despite the strong showing, there was possible deja vu in the air, as something different than yesterday needed to allow the Ephs to take the game.
As the game entered the third period, a different Williams team emerged, instantly setting the tone for the period and putting the Mules on their heels. At just over three minutes gone in the period, they were able to break through. Junior Olivia Stokes was able to cut through the defense and then ripped a shot right to the top corner, beating San Roman to her near side off of assists from Abby Brustad and Alex Lovaas. This gave Williams a well needed cushion, putting them up two.
However, the Ephs weren't finished. While they were short handed around the midpoint of the period, senior Candace Lu was able to slide one more past San Roman off of another nice feed from Brustad, who racked up assists on all 3 goals of the night for the Ephs. This final goal made the score 3-0 in favor of the Ephs, who showed a nice burst of offense in the final period. Despite yet more shots in the third period for the Mules, goaltender Marissa Anderson of the Ephs turned all 41 Colby shots aside, completing her shutout.
"I thought we played a much better third period today and that was the difference maker," Ephs head coach Meghan Gillis commented after the game. "Marissa Anderson was outstanding in her shutout performance."
The Ephs kept their undefeated streak going in 2018, making it their 5th game of 2018 without a loss. The Ephs will travel to Harrison, New York this Wednesday to take on Manhattanville College where they hope to continue their undefeated 2018 campaign in an out-of-conference matchup.