Williamstown, MA -- Avery Dunn's unassisted goal 1:54 into overtime lifted Williams to a 2-1 win over visiting Middlebury. The win was the Ephs first over Middlebury in Williamstown and puts them in first place in NESCAC. The Eph victory also gave Williams their first regular season sweep of the Panthers.
Tonight was the last game of the NESCAC regular season for the Ephs (17-4-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) and the Middlebury Panthers (14-6-3, 9-5-2 NESCAC).
The Ephs scored the first goal of the game at 17:50 in the first period when first year Elizabeth Welch, assisted by sophomores Avery Dunn and Michaela O'Connor, shot between the pads and buried the puck.
After this goal, Williams seemed to control the game more, out-shooting the Panthers 9-5 in the first period.
In the beginning of the second period, the Ephs were able to successfully kill off a penalty to Abby Brustad for hooking at 44 seconds into the period. Despite the one man disadvantage, the Ephs appeared to score during this penalty kill but the goal was waved off.
For the remainder of the period, Williams continued to out-shoot Middlebury, with one power play and first year Chloe Heiting made sure the Panthers did not equalize the score with some excellent saves.
Despite some successful penalty kills in the third period, the game became tied at 13:30 into the period when Middlebury's Sidney Porter was able to score. For the remaining of regular time, neither team was able to score, forcing the game into overtime, when Dunn turned in the slot and took a quick shot that beat the Panthers goalie Lin Han low.
By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 27 of 28 Middlebury shots while Panther's Han had saved 22 of 24 Williams shots. "Chloe Heiting stepped up at many key moments to make huge saves," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis.
"I thought that the team played really well together tonight and weathered some great pressure by the talented Middlebury team", Gillis said, "I think playing a top ten team like Middlebury helps us get ready for playoffs next weekend".