WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Meghan Gillis' Williams women's ice hockey team (20-4-3) and champions of the NESCAC will be hosting defending NCAA champion Norwich University (21-5-2) Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in Lansing Chapman Rink.
Tickets will go on sale at 6:00 PM at Lansing Chapman Rink on Wednesday. Adult tickers are $6.00, $4.00 for students and senior citizens; children under 18 are $3.00
The game will be webcast https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/
Norwich won the NEHC's automatic berth when they blanked Castleton University 3-0 in the NEHC final. The Cadets have won their last five games by out scoring their opponents 20-3.
Williams secured the NESCAC title and automatic berth when on consecutive days they racked up their third win of the season over arch rival Amherst 3-1 and Middlebury 3-2 to win the NESCAC title on home ice. The Ephs have fashioned a 12-game unbeaten skein that has 10 wins and two ties. They have won their last seven games.
The Cadets have three players with 10 or more goals on the year and they have six players with at least a dozen assists. Junior forward Amanda Conway leads Norwich in goals (29) and points with 41. Sophomore defender Samantha Benoit has 22 assists and 27 points overall.
Sophomore goalie Emily Lambert has played in 19 games this winter and she has a 14-4-1 record. Conway has a .938 save percentage having stopped 376 of the 401 shots she has faced. Lambert has six shutouts to her credit and goals against average stands at 1.31.
The Cadets' penalty kill unit has been successful 86 times in 96 opportunities (.887), while they have been successful on 26 of 117 power play chances (.222).
The Ephs are led in scoring by sophomore forward Meghan Halloran. It was Halloran who netted the game-winner off a picture perfect pass from first year defender Delaney Szlezyngier to down Middlebury in the NESCAC title tilt. Halloran has netted five game winners this season and has 18 goals and 17 assists to date for 35 points. Her 35 points, 17 assists and 18 goals are tops on the squad.
Senior forward Annie Rush is the only other Eph in double figures in both goals and assists with 12 assists and 11 goals and 23 points.
First year goalie Chloe Heiting has played in 22 games and has a record of 17-2-2. Heiting has turned aside 469 of 497 shots she has faced giving her a .944 save percentage. She has a 1.30 goals against average and has recorded five shutouts.
The Ephs have netted 24 power play goals this winter in 87 opportunities (.276). Defensively the Ephs have held their opponents scoreless on 88 of 103 power plays (.854)