CLINTON, NY -- The first game of the season had the Ephs coming back with a vengeance to claim a 4-3 win against the Hamilton Continentals. With a strong performance from the Williams special teams and goalie Marissa Anderson, the Ephs started off their season exactly the way they wanted.
Williams opened the game's scoring at 4:55 Abby Brustad knocked in the first goal of the season with assists from Meghan Halloran and Annie Rush. This goal was quickly followed by another goal at 9:23 when defender Brynn Puppe scored unassisted putting the Ephs up 2-0..
Over the rest of the first period, Eph goalie Marissa Anderson made sure the Ephs did not lose their lead as she saved the next five shots on the Williams goal. However, with just under two minutes before the end of the period Hamilton got on the board scoring via a power play opportunity at 18:06. However, the Ephs were ablere-establish a two-goal lead as Meghan Halloran scored a short-handed goal, assisted by Avery Dunn, just nine seconds after the Hmaillton goal.
The Ephs took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Continentals netted the only goal of the second period as Michaela Giuttari deflected the puck in at 17:28. The Eph lead was down to one goal at the end of two periods 3-2.
The third period turned into a nail biter as the Continentals tied up the score 2:09 minutes in after a series of saves by Anderson. The Ephs continued to battle throughout the third period as Anderson blocked even more shot attempts and Ephs took a number of shots at the Hamilton goal. At 10:09 in the period, the Ephs were finally able to put up what turned out to be the game winning goal when a slapshot from Brynn Puppe from the blue line was deflected into the goal by Annie Rush on a power play.
However, the game was far from over as Hamilton continued to push for an equalizing goal. One huge moment in the final moments of the game came when Mia Carroll was able to stop the puck and block an open net to prevent the Continentals from tying the score.
"We came out very strong in the first and that was definitely the best period of the day, but the team persevered to come out with a win in the third period" said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis, "And special teams played a huge role in the game".
On the night Hamilto out shot the ephs 35 to 25, but eph goalie Marissa Anderson stopped 32 of the Hamilton shots to collect the win.
Hamilton and Williams will match up again tomorrow at 3:00 PM again in Clinton, N.Y.