Williamstown, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (18-4-3) faced the Wesleyan Cardinals (8-15-2) this afternoon in the first playoff game of the postseason. After taking the lead early in the first period, the Ephs were able to deny the Cardinals of any goals while furthering their lead to win the NESCAC quarterfinal game 3-0.
At 12:57, Williams was given a power play opportunity when Wesleyan was called for too many men on the ice. Then at 14:38, the Cardinals received another penalty, giving Williams a two skater advantage for twenty second. The Ephs immediately capitalized on this opportunity as sophomore Meghan Halloran, assisted by junior Mia Carroll and sophomore Brynn Puppe, received a cross ice pass and scored at 14:44.
In the second period, the Ephs were able to extend their lead when Halloran, after receiving a pass from first year goalie Chloe Heiting, passed to senior captain Annie Rush, who sealed the deal and scored with a clinical finish at 6:35 into the second period.
In the third period, despite both teams having power play opportunities and taking a timeout each, neither was able to find the net, as Heiting denied the Cardinals a single goal.
By the end of the game, Heiting had saved all 19 of Wesleyan shots while Cardinal's goalie Allegra Grant had saved 18 of 21 Williams shots.
"I think Chloe did a great job of making key saves when she needed to to get the shutout," said head coach Meghan Gillis, "I think that the team played really well in spurts, they came out strong in the first period and the forecheck looked really good."
With the win the Ephs earned the right to host the NESCAC Semifinals and Finals March 2nd and 3rd with game times and pariings to be announced later.