BEVERLY, MASS. A fast start by Courtney Sullivan and a strong performance in goal by Alyssa Peterson proved to be the difference, as Endicott (8-1-0) took down Williams (2-3-0, 2-2 NESCAC), 3-0.
This game was a highly anticipated showdown between the Gulls, with their red-hot power-play unit, and the Ephs, who have had shut down power play defense all season long. Coming into today's matchup, Endicott had gone 13/35 with an extra player – good for 2nd in the country. Williams, on the other hand, was a perfect 17/17 on power play defense.
Williams was able to shut out their opponents while power plays were commencing, but weren't able to defend sophomore forward Courtney Sullivan, who scored an unassisted goal after kicking the puck to herself with 14:31 left in the first period. Even with the lead, Endicott continued to attack on offense, creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.
The second period proved to be a defensive battle, highlighted by the two goalkeepers. For Williams, Chloe Heiting '22 finished with 31 saves, allowing 2 total goals in the game. Endicott's senior goalie Alyssa Peterson had a shutout registering 39 saves. Endicott's play in this period was highlighted by Alexa Pretkelis '21 playing lockdown defense on back-to-back 2-on-1 scenarios.
Scoring opened up for Endicott in the third period, with Jade Meier '20 scoring off a Jillian Gibbs '20 assist with a little over 2:00 remaining. Freshman Kaylee Liberty scored an empty netter from her own end of the ice to finish the game.
Despite the scoreline, the Ephs saw strong games by both first-year Maddie Tix and junior Brynne Puppe, who were seemingly all over the ice tonight, making plays on both offense and defense.
Williams will resume play at the Codfish Bowl Saturday, November 30th, when they take on UMass Boston at 1:00. Endicott will travel to Pikesville, Maryland to take on the Stevenson Mustangs on December 7th.