Williamstown, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (9-2-1, 5-2-0) defeated the Colby Mules (6-3-3, 4-3-0) tonight in Lansing Chapman Rink4-1 to extend their win streak to five and their unbeaten streak to seven games.
Williams senior captain Annie Rush scored at 2:40 into the game with Abby Brustad and Brynn Puppe assisting. However, Colby was able to equalize the score almost immediately afterward when Lexi Cafiero was able to score 12 seconds later at 2:52 off a feed from Lily von Stade.
The Ephs answered at 8:25 when Rush scored her second goal of the game assisted by sophomore defender Brynn Puppe. Williams followed this goal with another one soon after when sophomore Avery Dunn, assisted by junior Amanda Reisman, scored at 11:40 into the period.
This high scoring period ended with a Williams penalty to CC Wallin for cross checking at 19:52, giving the Mules a power play opportunity to the start of the second period. The Ephs were able to successfully kill off this penalty with some quality saves from first year goalie Chloe Heiting.
Over the remainder of the period, both teams took some good shots and it looked as though the period would end without a goal being tallied, Williams was able to take advantage of a power play opportunity from a penalty assessed to Colby's Tay Munson at 19:29. The goal was scored at 19:48 by first year Bri Laycock and the score was assisted by sophomore Gabi Montembeault and first year Brianna Hill.
Williams was given a power play opportunity at 15:14 of the third period when Cassidy Holzer from Colby was whistled for a cross-checking penalty. The game went to a five on five soon after when Williams defender Mia Carroll was called for interference at 15:34, but neither team was able to score during this time and the period ended without any goals being socred.
"I thought that the team came out hard in the first period and that was probably our best period," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis, "Colby did a good job of adjusting in the second and third periods, limiting our chances offensively five v five."
By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 18 of 19 Colby shots while Cierra San Roman of Colby saved 23 of 27 Williams shots.
"Annie [Rush] scored two goals so that was great to set the tone for the weekend," Gillis said, "We did a good job of bouncing back after that quick Colby goal that tied the game."
The Ephs play Colby again tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Lansing Chapman Rink.