WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (8-4-2, 5-2-1 NESCAC) faced the Amherst Mammoths (8-4-3, 3-3-2 NESCAC) tonight at home. After a slow start, the Ephs were able to establish a lead in the second period and score again after Amherst equalized in the third to stay ahead of the Mammoths to beat Amherst 2-1.
The first period was uneventful with no goals from either team. The Ephs were able to successfully kill off a tripping penalty in this period with some great saves from sophomore goalie Chloe Heiting. By the end of the period, Williams had outshot Amherst 13-7.
In the second period, the Ephs were given a power play opportunity off a tripping penalty and then had to kill off a slashing penalty right after their power play. Despite these opportunities, neither team was able to find the net.
Then at 17:29 into the period, during a Williams power play, the Ephs were able to score their first goal when first year forward Maddie Tix, after receiving the puck from defensemen Delaney Szlezyngier and junior Brynn Puppe, circled around the back of the cage and was able to take it back near side and shoot it past Amherst's Caitlin Walker.
In the third period, the Mammoths were able to equalize the score with a power play goal at 11:36 into the third. However, the Ephs were able to respond with their own power play goal at 17:29, when sophomore Elizabeth Welch as able to shoot the puck into the top of the net with an assist from first year Kelly McCarthy and senior captain Mia Carroll.
"I thought we did some really good things and then there were also lapses in the D zone that we hope to clean up in the upcoming games," said head coach Meghan Gillis, "I thought we created a lot of good offense and just couldn't find the back of the net".
"Both goals today were huge and it was too bad to see Chloe's shutout streak come to an end". By the end of the game, Heiting had saved 26 of 27 Amherst shots while and Caitlin Walker had saved 31 of 33 Williams shots. The Amherst goal marked the end of a 253:34 shutout streak for Heiting over the last four plus games. Heiting's efforts over the last four plus games set the Williams record for most consecutive scoreless minutes in goal.
The Ephs play their next game on Tuesday night at Saint Anselm.