WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Meghan Gillis' Williams College women's ice hockey team (18-4-3) and winners of their last five games will host the 2019 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Semifinals and Finals in Lansing Chapman Rink this weekend.
Williams advanced to the semifinal round with a 3-0 win over Little Three rival Wesleyan in the tournament's first round.
As the top seed in the tournament the Ephs will play fifth seeded Amherst (13-10-2) who won 3-2 in over time win over fourth seeded Trinity to earn a place in the semifinals.
The Williams vs. Amherst game will start at 1:00 PM Saturday.
The other semifinal will pit second seeded Middlebury (15-7-3) versus third seeded Hamilton (16-7-2). Middlebury and Hamilton are scheduled to play at 4:00 PM.
Saturday's winners will meet Sunday at 2:00 PM in Lansing Chapman Rink to determine which team will earn the NECAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
There will not be an advance ticket sale. Tickets will be sold at the main entrance to Lansing Chapman Rink one hour before the start of the first game Saturday and one hour before Sunday's championship game.
Ticket prices each day: $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for students and children.
All games played in the semifinals and finals may be seen online at NSN Sports as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Williams swept the season series versus Amherst winning at home on January 25 4-0 and in Amherst 5-2 on January 26.
On January 25 Middlebury defeated Hamilton at home 4-1 and then clipped the Continentals the next day also in Middlebury 3-2. Middlebury has lost four of its last five games, while Hamilton over the same span has compiled a 4-1 record, winning their last four in a row.
Amherst has scored 53 goals this season (2.12/game) and the Mammoths have allowed 51 goals (2.04/game). Sophomore forward Kaitlin Hoang leads Amherst with eight goals, while the top points producer is senior forward Jocelyn Hunyadi has 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists.
First year Caitlin Walker has played the majority of minutes in goal (1139.08) and she has allowed 37 goals and made 497 saves for a save percentage of (.931). Walker is 9-6-2 on the year, has two shutouts, and her goals against average is 1.95.
The Amherst penalty kill unit has been successful 38 times in 45 opportunities (.844).
The Ephs have scored 71 goals this season. Sophomore forward Meghan Halloran has team highs in goals scored (17), assists (17), and points (34). Senior forward Annie Rush also has double figures in goals (11) and assists (11) and has 22 points.
First year goalie Chloe Heiting has played 1171:24 in goal and she has saved 419 of 444 shots (.944). Heiting is 15-2-2 on the year and has posted five shutouts and sports a 1.28 goals against average.
The Williams penalty kill unit has been successful 52 times in 61 opportunities (.852.).
Middlebury has scored 60 goals this season (2.4/game) and the Panthers have allowed 33 (1.32/game). The leading goal scorer for the Panthers is Madie Leidt who has 10 goals. Leidt also leads in assists with 13 and points with 23.
Lin Han has recorded 850:10 in goal for the Panthers, allowing 18 goals and stopping 281 of 301 shots for a save percentage of .940. Han has posted three shutouts this season. Her goals against average is 1.27.
The Middlebury penalty kill has been successful 37 out of 41 opportunities for a .902 success rate.
Hamilton has tallied 64 goals (2.56/game) this winter. First year forward Nancy Loh leads the Continentals in goals, assists and points. She has 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points.
First year goalie Gabrielle Venne has played the most minutes in goal to date (666:40) and she has allowed 13 goals (1.33 GAA). She has a .955 save percentage, stopping 273 of 286 shots and she has registered three shutouts.
The Hamilton penalty kill unit has been successful 33 of 41 times (.805).