Amherst, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (13-4-1, 8-4-0 NESCAC) took down the Amherst College Mammoths (9-7-2, 5-5-2 NESCAC) 5-0, the second straight win for the eph over the Mammoths this weekend. The Ephs had to retake a lead in the third period after Amherst had tied the game at 2-2 in the third period. Abby Burstad's unasssited goal at 8:10 was the game-winner and Meghan Halloran put the icing and the candles on the cake when she netted two goals in a span of 7:39.
The game started out with an early power play opportunity for the Ephs when Amherst was called for too many players on the ice at 4:03. Williams was able to capitalize on this opportunity when sophomore Gabi Montembeault, assisted by first years Bri Laycock and Delaney Szlezygier scored at 5:33 into the period.
Williams also received a penalty for too many players on the ice at 6:38 into the second period, which the Ephs were able to successfully kill off. At 9:28 into the second period, sophomore Avery Dunn, assisted by Szlezygier and junior Amanda Resiman, scored the second goal of the game.
Soon after this goal, Ephs' Laycock was given a penalty for hooking, starting a power play opportunity for the Mammoths at 9:33. The Ephs were unable to hold off the Mammoths during this penalty kill and Amherst scored its first goal of the game at 10:06 into the period.
Amherst was able to tie the game early in the third period with another goal at 4:25. Williams responded quickly to this goal with a goal at 8:10 from senior captain Abby Brustad. The Ephs then went on to reinforce their lead with another goal form sophomore Meghan Halloran, assisted by junior Mia Carroll and senior captain Annie Rush, at 11:43.
The Ephs then had to kill off a penalty given to Rush for interference at 13:24 with some quality saves from first year goalie Chloe Heiting. Williams was given one last power play opportunity at 17:40 when Amherst's Jamie McNamara was called for a checking penalty. The Ephs took advantage of this opportunity with one last goal at 18:49 from Halloran assisted by Carroll.
"I thought we showed a lot of resiliency and focus when Amherst tied the game up", said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "Just a big weekend to keep moving us forward and prepare us for Trinity."
On the night, Eph first year goalie Chloe Heiting aved 24 of 26 Mammoth shots, while Amherst's Caitlin Walker saved 31 of 36 Williams shots. This victory assured the Ephs at least a tie for the Little Three title and gave them their first win in Amherst since 2005.
The Ephs play their next game at Trinity next Friday night at 7:30pm.