Middlebury, VT-- The Williams College Ephs (16-4-3, 9-4-2 NESCAC) played the Middlebury Panthers (14-5-3, 9-4-2 NESCAC) tonight at Kenyon Arena. The teams went into the third period tied but after a power play goal in the third, the Ephs were able to take down the Panthers 2-1 in the first win at Middlebury since 2006.
Williams started out the night with two penalties, one at 2:33 to Mia Carroll for hooking and another at 4:26 to Abby Brustad for body-checking. Special teams and first year goalie Chloe Heiting were able to successfully kill off these penalties and neither team was able to score during the first period, despite a power play opportunity for the Ephs at 14:12.
In the second period, the Ephs killed off a penalty to Brynn Puppe for tripping at 6:48. Then at 15:29 sophomore Meghan Halloran went low to high to Mia Carroll, who then passed back to Halloran. Halloran then cut the seam and shot short side glove past Panthers goalie Lin Han to score the first goal of the game.
However, Middlebury tied to score at 19:39 with a goal from Jenna Letterie right before the end of the period.
In the third period, Williams had to kill off a penalty to Anna Fucillo for holding at 3:44. Then during the second of two power play opportunities, one first starting at 6:45 and the second at 8:08, the Ephs were able to pull ahead. First year Delaney Szlezyngier kept the puck in at the point and then got a shot on the net which sophomore Gabi Montembeault redirected and first year Bri Laycock buried home in the slot at 9:22.
For the remainder of the game, the Ephs were able to prevent the Panthers from equalizing the score, successfully killing off a penalty to Puppe for interference at 12:57.
By the end of the night, Heiting had saved 27 of 28 Middlebury shots while Han had saved 13 of 15 Williams shots.
"The penalty kill was great today. I thought the whole team did a great job of getting in ones and clocking shots", said head coach Meghan Gillis, "The third period was our best period and we hope to build off that tomorrow".
The Ephs play the Panthers again tomorrow night at home at Lansing Chapman Rink.