Brunswick, ME-- The Williams College Ephs (7-2-1, 3-2-0) took on the Bowdoin Polar Bears (0-9-1, 0-3-0) tonight at Sydney J. Watson arena at Bowdoin College. The Ephs took an early lead with goals right in the beginning of the first two periods and held on to the lead to finish the game with a 3-1 score to take down the Polar Bears.
The game started right away with a power play opportunity for the Ephs when Bowdoin's Nell Fusco was called for tripping at 00:34 seconds into the first period. Williams immediately capitalized on this opportunity as sophomore defender Brynn Puppe scored at 1:32 assisted by junior Mia Carroll.
At 6:38 into period 1, Puppe was called for hooking, putting Williams on the penalty kill. With some quality saves from first year goalie Chloe Heiting, the team was able to successfully kill off the penalty. Williams had to kill off another penalty at 16:51 when Olivia Stokes was called for holding.
The second period started with another early goal from Williams when sophomore forward Michaela O'Connor scored with assists from sophomore Avery Dunn and first year Delaney Szlezyngier at 1:36 into the period.
At 16:54, Bowdoin's Katie Leininger was awarded a checking penalty, giving Williams a power play opportunity but the Ephs were unable to find the net for the remainder of the period.
During the third period, Williams' sophomore Meghan Halloran was called for tripping at 8:30, giving Bowdoin a power play opportunity. The polar bears were unable to take a single shot during this power play but right after the end of the power play, Bowdoin's Angelina Joyce, assisted by Tala Glass and Marissa Fichter was able to score at 10:40.
At 12:02, Williams was given another power play opportunity when Bowdoin's Tala Glass was awarded a penalty for checking. Williams was able to take some good shots during this power play but were unable to find the net.
Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the period and Williams scored its final goal of the night when sophomore forward Meghan Halloran scored on Bowdoin's empty net right at the end of the third period at 19:40.
"I thought we played inconsistently tonight" said head coach Meghan Gillis, "Chloe Heiting stepped up at key moments to preserve the win". By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 25 of 26 shots and Bowdoin's Kerri St. Denis had saved 32 of 35 Williams shots. Between Heiting's performance and the team's perseverance, the Ephs were able to maintain their lead against Bowdoin. "I thought the team dug in when Bowdoin pushed back to get the win" said coach Gillis.
The Ephs play Bowdoin again tomorrow at 3pm again in Sydney J. Watson Arena.