The Williams College Ephs (21-5-3) took on the No. 2 ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals (27-2-0) this afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Game. After going back and forth into the third period, the Ephs fell to the Cardinals 5-3 after two successive Plattsburgh goals in the twelfth minute of the last period.
Williams had a quick start with a goal in the first 19 seconds right off the opening faceoff. After receiving the puck from junior Mia Carroll and senior captain Abby Brustad, sophomore Meghan Halloran got the puck right in front of Cardinal goalie Kassi Abbott and made a nice move around her. For the remainder of the period, first year goalie Chloe Heiting was able to keep the Cardinals from equalizing the score.
Plattsburgh started the second period with hot start, taking shot after shot on Heiting until they were eventually able to find the net at 3:08 into the period. The Cardinals then pulled ahead with another goal at 4:28.
Ephs were then able to capitalize on a one man advantage from a Plattsburgh interference penalty. Mia Carroll went cross ice down to senior captain Annie Rush and Brustad provided a screen in front while Halloran snuck in and deposited a one timer five hole.
However, the Cardinals responded a minute later with their own goal at 17:00 to retake the lead.
The Ephs were able to equalize the score once again at 8:19 into the third period off a zone entry rush. Halloran drove wide and Brustad drove the net har. Halloran passed the puck right onto Brustad's stick and she deflected the puck over Abbott's glove.
However, Plattsburgh retook the lead for good with two goals within the same minute at 12:41 and 12:49. For the remainder of the game, the Ephs were unable to find the net again.
By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 31 of 36 Plattsburgh shots while Cardinal's Abbott saved 21 of 24 Williams shots.
"It was really hard to see a historic season come to an end," said head coach Meghan Gillis, "We couldn't have asked for a better start to the game. I loved the resiliency our team showed coming back to tie it at the start of the third."
This game marked the end of a record breaking season for the Ephs with their first NCAA victory and the highest number of wins in program history.
"I want to thank our six seniors for everything they did over the last four years that built to this season and putting Williams Hockey amongst the top in the nation," Gillis said.
|Meghan Halloran's First Goal|
|Meghan Halloran's Second Goal|
|Abby Brustad nets Ephs' 3rd goal|