WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-- The Williams College Ephs (2-2-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC) faced the Hamilton Continentals (1-3-0, 1-3-0 NESCAC) this afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink. Once again, the Ephs were able to come out on top after scoring early in the game and extending their lead to win 3-1, earning head coach Meghan Gillis her 100th career win.
The first period had numerous penalties on both sides but the Ephs were able to establish their lead right after a power play opportunity when first year Kelly McCarthy was able to find the net off a great assist from sophomore defender Delaney Szlezyngier at 11:19 into the game.
The ephs had to kill off back to back penalties right in the beginning of the second period, having to play 3 v 5 for a minute. Almost immediately after, the Ephs had to kill off another one. After holding off the Continentals for so long, the tired Ephs were unable to prevent them from finding the net at 6:26 into the second, making the game a tie.
The Ephs were then given their own power play opportunity during which junior defender Brynn Puppe scored the Ephs first power play goal of the game at 8:37 with a slapshot after receiving the puck from senior Amanda Reisman and first year Maddie Tix. Then right before the end of the period, the Ephs was able to extend this lead as sophomore Elizabeth Welch and first year Paie Galle were able to scoop up the puck and get it to junior Michaela O'Connor who buried it at 19:31.
Despite there being a few more penalties in the third period, neither team was able to find the net and the score remained 3-1, thanks to some excellent saves by sophomore goalie Chloe Heiting. By the end of the game, Hamilton's Sammy Johnson had saved 17 of 20 Williams shots while Heiting had saved 37 of 38 Hamilton shots.
"There were a lot of penalties called in the game which led to a lot of special team play. The penalty kill was amazing both in the 4 v 5 and 3 v 5 situations" said head coach Meghan Gillis, "I thought that hamilton really pushed and put us on our heels in the third and Chloe stepped up and made some big saves."
The Ephs play their next game Tuesday night against Endicott.