Williamstown, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (9-3-1, 5-3-0) played the Colby Mules (7-3-3, 5-3-0) for the second game of their senior weekend at Lansing Chapman Rink this afternoon. The game was decided entirely in the second period when Colby quickly over came their two score deficit and took the lead with a power play goal and claimed a 3-2 win.
The loss was the first for the Ephs in their last eight games, having gone 6-0-1 entering today's contest.
The game opened with both teams taking shot after shot at each goal but Williams first year goalie Chloe Heiting and Colby's Nina Prünster were able to keep the score at zero. At 11:48 into the game, Colby's Stephanie Lane was given a checking penalty but Williams was not able to capitalize on this power play opportunity despite some good shots.
The first goal of the game was scared at 0:45 into the second period when Williams senior captain Abby Brustad, assisted by sophomore Meghan Halloran shot the puck right under Prünster's left elbow. Soon after, Colby's Lauren Klein was called for hooking at 3:19 and her teammate Tay Munson was called for cross-checking at 4:52, giving Williams a two man advantage for some time. However, the Ephs did not score until after the end of the power play when Halloran, assisted by senior captain Annie Rush, stuck the puck in the top left corner at 6:55.
The Ephs then had to kill off a penalty when Williams' CC Wallin was whistled for a tripping penalty at 8:25. While the Ephs were able to successfully kill off this penalty, they were unable to do the same when Williams sophomore Brynn Puppe was called for hooking at 11:40. The Mules were able to take advantage of this power play opportunity and scored at 13:39. Colby followed this goal with another at 15:40, equalizing the score.
At 16:54, Williams sophomore Georgia Keogh was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, forcing another penalty kill for the Ephs. Once again, Colby was able to score on the power play at 17:47.
Williams was given a power play opportunity early into the third period when Colby's Sadie Kuhn received a tripping penalty at 1:20. Despite some quality shots from Williams, the Ephs were not able to find the net during this power play. Williams had to kill off another penalty when Brustad was called for hooking at 5:52 into the third.
Williams was given another power play opportunity at 14:54 when Colby's Lexi Cafiero was called for checking and another at 17:03 when Aimely Michaud-Nolan was called for a high stick. Despite taking shot after shot, the Ephs were not able to find the net during either of these power play opportunities. At 18:02 into the last period, Brustad received a tripping penalty, putting them at a one man disadvantage. Despite pulling Heiting from the goal and the Ephs best efforts to find the net, Williams was not able to equalize the score for the remainder of the game.
By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 22 of 25 Colby shots and Colby's Prünster saved 33 of 35 Williams shots.
"We came out a little slow in the first period and that sort of set the tone for us chasing it for the rest of the game", said head coach Meghan Gillis, "The third period we had good power play chances that we didn't capitalize on"
The Ephs play their next game at Salve Regina on tuesday night.