WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-- The W
illiams College Ephs (1-2-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) faced the Hamilton Continentals (1-2-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) tonight at Lansing Chapman Rink. After coming out hot in the first period, the Ephs were able to lengthen their lead through the second and third periods to gain a decisive 5-1 victory over the Continentals.
The Ephs started off the game strong by successfully killing off an interference penalty and then going on to pick up their first goal when the puck was fed out in front to junior forward Avery Dunn who buried it at 16:52.
Then in the second period, the Ephs were able to pull even further ahead when sophomore forward Elizabeth Welch as able to score with a sharp angle shot at 3:39 into the period after receiving an assist from junior forward Michaela O'Connor.
In the third period, Hamilton was able to score at 3:35 early in the period but the Ephs responded quickly. The Ephs front line was able to attack the goal, with multiple shots and the goal was ultimately scored by first year Maddie Tix at 4:10 into the period.
The Ephs then compounded on this lead with another goal at 5:59 when senior forward Amanda Reisman was able to score off a great cross ice pass past two defenders from junior assistant captain Meghan Halloran. Williams then went on to score their fifth goal when at 7:28, Tix picked up her second goal of the game off a great feed from Halloran.
By the end of the game, Hamilton's Gab Venne had saved 26 of 31 Williams shots while Heiting had saved 11 of 12 Colby shots.
"I thought we played three strong periods as a team tonight," said head coach Meghan Gillis, "When Hamilton pushed and made the game 2-1, I was really proud of how the team responded. We know we need to bring the same level of compete tomorrow".
The Ephs play Hamilton again tomorrow afternoon at 3 at Lansing Chapman Rink.