BRUNSWICK, MAINE – The Williams College women's ice hockey team (5-4) scored two early goals in the first period and a late goal in the third period to edge the Valiants of Manhattanville College (6-4-1), 3-2, this afternoon in a game played on the campus of Bowdoin College.
The Ephs' Amanda Resiman netted two goals on the day and tallied the game-winner with just 1:26 remaining in the final period.
Williams broke on top with two early goals in the first period as first Meghan Halloran scored unassisted (2:37). Halloran carried along left boards deep into the Manhattanville zone. The junior wristed a low angle shot inside the near post for the 1-0 lead.
Halloran was involved in the Ephs' second goal as well. Halloran took a shot on net that was turned away by Manhattanville's Taylor Elias, but Amanda Reisman was there to clean up the rebound to tally her first goal of the game.
It took the Ephs just five shots to net the two goals.
Manhattanville's Ali Howard was called for hooking at 3:20, but the Ephs despite having two shots on the power play were unable to capitalize on the man-up advantage.
The Ephs got a second power play opportunity at 11:36 when Manhattanville's Ashley DeFusco was called for checking and that was extended when at 10:14 the Valiants' Taylor Ham was whistled for tripping.
Manhattanville held the Ephs at bay on the DeFusco and Ham infractions allowing just two shots on goal during the overlapping penalties.
The Ephs' Maddie Tix was sent off for elbowing at 13:26 to give the Valiants a power play opportunity that resulted in the Valiants upping their shots on goal in the period from one to three, but they could not get the puck past Eph netminder Chloe Heiting.
In the first twenty minutes the Ephs outshot the Valiants 17-4 and took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Manhattanville goalie Taylor Elias registered 15 saves in the opening period, while the Ephs' Chloe Heiting was called on to make four saves.
On their second shot of the second period the Valiants got on the scoreboard as they were able to score a power play goal at 1:04 just 22 seconds after the Ephs' Emily Batchelor was sent off for holding with only 42 seconds elapsed in the period. Tianna Lopes took a shot and Ali Howard finished off from the scrum in front of net, cutting the Eph lead to one, 2-1.
The Valiants went back on the power play at 3:18 when the Ephs' CC Wallin was called for interference. The Eph penalty kill unit was up to the task and they stymied the Valiants keeping the score at 2-1.
Manhattanville, which was held to just four shots on goal in the first period, fired off 10 shots in the second period mostly due to three Eph penalties. The Ephs still held a commanding advantage in shots on goal at the end of the second period as they again outshot the Valiants 14-10 in the second period. Through two periods the Ephs had outshot Manhattanville 31-14 and they went into the second break up 2-1.
Both teams were down a skater to open the third period as the Ephs' Delaney Szlezyngier was called for checking at 18:37 so she would be off the ice for the first 37 seconds of the third period. Manhattanville's Taylor Ham was sent off for the second time in the game, this time for tripping, at 19:56 and that meant the Ephs would have a man advantage for a minute and 19 seconds after the Szlezyngier penalty expired. The Ephs were unable to exploit their man advantage and the game remained 2-1 with Williams on top.
The Ephs and the Valiants killed off the remaining portions of their penalties in the opening minutes of the third period to keep the score at 2-1 in the Ephs' favor.
The Ephs went back on the power play at 5:16 when the Valiants' Brayden James was called for tripping. The Ephs got three shots on goal in their man-up situation, but none past Taylor Elias and the score remained 2-1..
The Ephs held the Valiants without a shot on goal for the first eight minutes of the final period. Georgia Keogh became the fifth Eph sent to the penalty box on the day when she was whistled for hooking at 11:10. The Ephs succeeded in killing off this penalty but at 14:21 the Valiants evened the score at 2. Maisey Kettlewood tied it for Manhattanville. The senior flipped a shot up from the right dot that fluttered over the glove of Chloe Heiting.
Taylor Ham was credited with the assist. Kettlewood's shot was just the Valiants' fourth of the period.
Williams regained the lead when Amanda Reisman scored unassisted at 18:34 to put Williams back on top 3-2. Reisman notched the game-winner when she skated left to right in between the dots and wristed a shot bar just under the crossbar.
On the day the Ephs outshot the Valiants 45-21. Eph netminder Chloe Heiting stopped 19 of 21 shots by Manhattanville, while the Valiants' Taylor Elias posted 42 saves on the day.
Eph head coach Meghan Gillis noted post-game, "Their goalie was strong. I thought we had stretches where we pressed rally hard and had some good chances. We hit several posts and missed on a few other good looks, so just hoping to capitalize on a few more tomorrow."
Next up for the Ephs is a game tomorrow vs. Trinity at 3:00 PM also at Bowdoin. The Ephs vs. Bantams will be carried live on the NSN Network and may be seen here: https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/
That contest will be the first of three straight games versus Trinity and it will not count in the NESCAC standings. The second consecutive game versus Trinity on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 PM will be played at Trinity and the following day the Trinity Bantams will travel to Williamstown for a 4:00 PM contest and both of those games will count in the NESCAC standings.