Ephs Edge Endicott 4-3

Meghan Halloran '21/Ryan Coleman, D3Photography.com
Meghan Halloran '21/Ryan Coleman, D3Photography.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College (2-1) sophomore forward Meghan Halloran scored the first and fourth goals for the Ephs as they held off the Endicott Gulls (3-2-2) 4-3 for their second win of the season. Williams committed seven penalties on the night and Eph penalty killing unit successfully denied the Gulls a goal six times.

The win by Williams snapped a three-game unbeaten skein for the Gulls.

The game developed slowly offensively. The first goal of the night came off the stick of Meghan Halloran on a power play opportunity at 17:01 from 5 yards out to the left of Endicott goalie Vendela Jonsson with assists being credited to Abby Brustad and Annie Rush, putting Williams on top 1-0.

The Ephs' Claire Mancheski was sent of for tripping at 19:02 and Williams successfully killed off the first 58 seconds of the Mancheski penalty and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

In the first 20 minutes the Ephs out shot the Gulls 9-5. EC goalie Vendela Jonson stopped eight shots from the Ephs, while Williams goalie Chloe Heiting made five saves.

Both teams committed two penalties in the opening 20 minutes and Williams was able to capitalize on the second penalty on the Gulls, while the Ephs killed one full and one partial penalty as 1:02 remained for the start of the second period.

Williams was able to kill off the Mancheski infraction at the beginning of the second period but the Gulls' Ellen Carter nearly tied the game 40 seconds into the period, but her shot went just wide of the far post. 

Two quick shots by the Gulls' Meghan Ferragher (4:07) and Ellen Carter (4:09) were both blocked by Eph defenders near the goal. However Endicott was back on the offensive and at 4:38 and Heiting had to stretch to make a glove save on Lexi Klein's wrist shot.

The Ephs, however, doubled their lead at 6:23 when Gabi Montembeault was set up in close by a feed from Brianna Hill to put Williams up 2-0.

Just under three minutes later at 9:07 the Eph lead grew to three, 3-0, when Amanda Reisman converted off of passes from Sarah Michels and Michaela O'Connor.

Endicott went on the power play at 10:06 when Brianna Hill was called for checking. The Ephs killed off that penalty but at 12:13 Hill was back in the penalty box again for tripping.

Williams was unable to kill of the second Hill penalty as the Gulls' Jade Meir was able to score in close off passes from Jillian Gibbs and Lauren Ferraiuolo at 12:45, narrowing the Eph lead to two, 3-1. 

Endicott went back on the power play at 16:36 when the Ephs' Amanda Reisman was sent off for tripping. Heiting was able to make a stick save at 17:09 on a blistering slap shot from the blue line off the stick of the Gulls' Michaela McNamara.

At 19:56 the Ephs' Brianna Hill picked up her third penalty of the game when she was called for hooking. 

The Ephs would open the third period down a man for 1:56, leading 3-1. Williams out shot the Gulls 9-7 in the second session. Vendela stopped six Eph shots, while Heiting turned aside six of seven Endicott attempts.

In the first 40 minutes the Ephs had accrued six penalties, testing their penalty kill unit who four times was up to the task.

Fifty seconds into the final period Courtney Sullivan blasted a shot from the blue line that Heiting was able to knock down and cover up before the Gulls could convert.

The Gulls got their second goal at 4:54 when Caroline Hughes scored unassisted from four yards out directly in front of Heiting to make it a one-goal game, 3-2.

The Ephs put the Gulls on the power play for the seventh time in the contest at 7:23 when C.C. Wallin was called fro checking and sent off for two minutes. Just over a minute later the Gulls' Ellen Carter was sent off for interference and the teams were now playing four on four until the Wallin penalty was over. 

A Brynn Puppe laser from the blue line was knocked down by Vendela at 9:57 to keep the score 3-2 in the Ephs' favor. 

Meghan Halloran gave the Ephs a two-goal, 4-2, cushion at 13:23. Halloran was fed a pass from the neutral zone by Bri Laycock. Halloran went around one Gull defender and came across the goal from Jonsson's right to left and slid a shot under Jonsson's left leg.

Endicott's Lauren Ferraiuolo stole the puck at the blue line and came in alone on Heiting and fired a shot over the right shoulder of Heiting for the Gulls' third goal of the night 15:36.

Somehow Heiting withstood a flurry of shot sin close at 18:30 to keep the one-goal led. With 1:15 remaining the Gulls pulled their goalie to get the extra skater. At 19:26 Heiting denied Ellen Carter in close and Endicott called timeout.

The game ended with Heiting pushing aside a Jade Meir shot with two seconds left delivering the Ephs a 4-3 win. 

On the night the Ephs out shot the Gulls 32 to 19. Eph goalie Chloe Heiting making her first collegiate start stopped 16 shots for her first collegiate win. The Gulls' Vendela Jonsson turned aside 28 Eph shots.

"I think that we did a good job on the penalty killing and pushing back when they would challenge us," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "We need to be more disciplined and play more five v five so we can get an idea of what we are all about." 

Gillis was also impressed with Chloe Heiting's play in goal, stating, "Chloe made an unbelievable save at the end in her first start to get her first win."

Next up for the Ephs is a November 28th game vs. St. Anselm at home at 7:00 PM.

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