Williamstown, MA-- The Williams Ephs (3-1-0, 2-1-0 NESCAC) took down offensive powerhouse Saint Anselm (8-1-1) 2-1 in Lansing Chapman Rink to hand the Hawks first loss of the season. At 4:14 in the final period, Eph senior captain Annie Rush scored the game-winner with a wrist shot to the top of the net assisted by senior Abby Brustad and sophomore Meghan Halloran.
The St. Anselm Hawks scored early in the first period when at 1:47, Kelly Golini was able to use a defenseman as a screen and put the puck by Eph junior goalie Marissa Anderson.
The first Saint Anselm power play started at 4:45 when the ephs' Sarah Michels was called for tripping. Anderson and the Ephs were able to kill off despite multiple shots on the goal by the Hawks.
Soon after, a hooking call against Hawks gave the Ephs their first power play during which they were unable to find the net despite six attempts. However, the Ephs were able to carry this offensive momentum through the end of the first period with more solid attempts at the Saint Anselm goal.
The Ephs started off the second period on the power play from a Saint Anselm checking penalty late in the first period. Once again, the Ephs made a solid effort at the tallying the tying goal but were unable to get the puck past the Hawks' goalie Maddie Scavotto.
Williams was given another power play opportunity when the Hawks' Katy Meehan was called for tripping at 9:04. The Eph power play this time clicked and sophomore Gabi Montembeault was able to score at 11:02 with just 2 seconds left in the power play to tie the score. Montembeault was assisted on the score by Amanda Reisman and Bri Laycock.
At 12:45, Williams put the Hawks on the power play again when Sarah Michels was sent off for tripping, but the Ephs were able to kill of the Hawks' power play with some excellent saves from Anderson. The Ephs were then given another power play opportunity at 15:46 when the Hawks' Claey Mueller was whistled for tripping, but the Ephs were unable to capitalize with the man advantage.
Going into the third period with the game knotted at 1-1, Saint Anselm led Williams on shots taken 18-15 but Williams goalie Marissa Anderson led in saves 17-14.
Williams successfully killed off a penalty for tripping at 5:44 with two very impressive saves by Anderson, who continued to make some more important saves after the Hawks power play ended.
With a little over a minute left in play, Williams was given a penalty for holding, giving the Hawks a power play for the remainder of regulation. Saint Anselm pulled their goalie with a minute left in the game, making the Ephs play six v four for the remainder of the game. After facing a flurry of shots, Eph goalie Anderson made an incredible glove save through traffic to put a definitive end on this exciting game.
Anderson finished the night turning aside 29 of 30 St. Anselm shots, while the Hawks' Maddie Scavotto denied 17 of 19 Eph shots.
"We played really well five v five tonight" said head coach Meghan Gillis, "On the penalty kill, Anna Fucillo and Olivia Stokes really stood out blocking shots and making big plays back door". Overall, the team performed very well against the previously undefeated Hawks, especially Anderson in the net. "Marissa Anderson was calm while making saves that obviously allowed us to win the game" Gillis said.
The Ephs play their next game this Saturday night at 7pm against Wesleyan at home.