Williamstown, MA- The first game of the season had the Ephs (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC) coming back with a vengeance with a 4-3 win against the Hamilton Continentals (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC). With a strong performance from the Williams special teams and goalie junior Marissa Anderson, the Ephs started off their season exactly the way the wanted.
The first period showed the Ephs fierce desire to come back strong against Hamilton and start off the season right. At 4:55 minutes into the game, senior Abby Brustad knocked in the first goal of the season with an assist from sophomore Meghan Halloran and senior Annie Rush. This goal was quickly followed by another goal at 9:23 when defender sophomore Brynn Puppe made another goal with no assist.
Over the rest of the first period, goalie Anderson made sure the Ephs did not lose their lead as she saved the next five shots on the Williams goal. Only two minutes before the end of the first period was Hamilton able to make a goal during the power play at 18:06. However, the Ephs were able to solidify their lead as Meghan Halloran, assisted by sophomore Avery Dunn, made a goal at 18:15.
The second period saw a few more penalties, one of which the Continentals were able to capitalize on as Hamilton player Michaela Giuttari deflected the puck in to make a goal at 17:28 in.
The third period turned into a nail biter as the Continentals tied up the score 2:09 minutes into the game with a goal 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. But at 10:09 into the third period, the Ephs were finally able to put up the game winning goal when a slapshot from Brynn Puppe from the blue line was deflected into the goal by Annie Rush on the 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 when junior Mia Carroll was able to stop the puck and block an open net to prevent the Continentals from evening 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 Coach Meghan Gillis, "and special teams played a huge role in the game".
Hamilton and Williams will match up again tomorrow at 3pm.