PINE VALLEY, NY-- The Williams College Ephs (4-4-0) faced the Elmira Soaring Eagles (7-2-0) this afternoon at Elmira. Despite making a solid effort to equalize the score at the end of the game, the Ephs were unable to catch up to Elmira, losing the game 2-1.
The first period of the game was uneventful as neither team was able to find the net despite both teams making multiple shots at the goal. Sophomore goalie Chloe Heiting was able to hold off the soaring eagles through the period and through a penalty kill at the very end of the period when Williams was called for a tripping penalty that went into the second period. The first goal of the game was scored at 12:21 when Elmira was able to get the puck past Heiting and pull ahead.
During the third period, both teams fought hard, going back and forth at each others nets. Then at 18:34, the game grew even more challenging for the Ephs as a player was called for a slashing penalty. After taking a brief time out, the Ephs got back on the ice with one less player.
Even though the Ephs were on the penalty kill, the pulled Heiting to try and tie the game but the soaring eagles were able to score at 18:54 on an empty net. However, the Ephs were able to respond with a goal at 19:20 from first year forward Maddie Tix put in a rebound in a scrum in front of the net, assisted by fellow first year Paige Galle and junior Michaela O'Connor. Despite this effort, the Ephs were still unable to catch up with Elmira with so little time left in the game.
"I thought we had some good point blank scoring chances in each period that we just missed capitalizing on," said head coach Meghan Gillis. By the end of the game, Elmira had saved 31 of 32 Williams shots while Heiting had saved 18 of 19 Elmira shots.
The Ephs play their next game against Manhattanville after returning from winter break on January 2.