Williamstown, MA - The Williams College Ephs (5-2-1, 2-2-0 NESCAC) took down the formidable Elmira Soaring Eagles (6-2-1) tonight at Lansing Chapman Rink in the highest ranked upset in program history. The Eagles came into this game ranked 3rd in the latest USCHO national poll but fell to the Ephs 4-2 after a remarkable two goals from Williams during the final two minutes of the game.
Both teams avoided any penalties during the first period, preventing any power play opportunities. Williams outshot Elmira 7-5 but both Ephs' first year goalie Chloe Heiting and Eagles' Elizabeth Hanson saved every one of these shots.
At 2:58 into the second period, the Ephs made their first goal when junior Amanda Reisman, assisted by senior Abby Brustad and sophomore Michaela O'Connor, carried the puck to the front of the crease from the blue line and shot it past Elmira goalie Hanson. The Ephs were then given a power play opportunity almost immediately after their goal when Elmira's Ronnie Callahan was given a tripping penalty at 3:03. During this power play, the Ephs had some shots but were unable to get the puck past Hanson.
The Ephs were given another power play opportunity when Jess Adams from Elmira was awarded a tripping penalty at 16:25. Only 32 seconds into this power play, Williams scored when sophomore Meghan Halloran was able to score off an assist from Brustad and senior Annie Rush at 16:56 into the second period to bring the Ephs to a 2-0 lead. A minute later, Elmira's Katie Granato was able to score when the rebound from Heiting's save landed right on her stick at 17:53. The Ephs finished out the rest of the period with some more good shots but were unable to find the net.
The third period started out with a penalty to Ephs' Annie Rush for interference at 0:17 into the period. With some solid saves from Heiting, Williams was able to successfully kill off this penalty. At 8:45, Brustad was given a penalty for cross checking, forcing another penalty kill for the Ephs. The Eagles scored quickly into this power play opportunity when a slapshot from Granato at 8:54 found the net.
Both teams went back and forth for the next few minutes but neither team was able to score until Rush was able to put in a backhand from across the crease from Halloran almost immediately after the Ephs timeout at 18:10. The Ephs were then able to take advantage of the Elmira empty net when Halloran scored with assists from first year Delaney Szlezyngier and senior Eliza Quigley. "We just tried to run the faceoff play that luckily worked its way up" said head coach Meghan Gillis regarding the timeout, "just a good effort by all five people on the ice". Overall, the team performed phenomenally against this top ranked team. "I thought we showed a lot of resilience after they tied it and played composed to score the next goal".
By the end of the night, Heiting had saved 22 of 24 Elmira shots and Hanson had saved 22 of 26 Eph shots. "Chloe Heiting was a really calming presence in the net," said Gillis.
The Ephs play their next game tomorrow at 3pm against Manhattanville at Lansing Chapman Rink.