Ephs Fall to Bowdoin in Overtime 5-4

Ephs Fall to Bowdoin in Overtime 5-4

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (9-4-3, 6-2-1 NESCAC) faced the Bowdoin Bears (5-7-3, 3-5-1). 

Bowdoin was able to score the first goal of the game at 11:54 into the period and was then able to pull even further ahead with another goal at 14:52. 

However, the Ephs were able to start making a comeback in the second period with a goal at 5:48 when the Ephs were able to create some traffic in front of the Bowdoin net and junior Gabi Montembeault was able to find the net with an assist from sophomore Delaney Slezyngier.

Then Bowdoin was given back to back hooking and holding penalties, both within a minute. This gave the Ephs a 3 v 5 power play opportunity. Williams capitalized on this two man advantage at 8:07 when junior captain Meghan Halloran was able to get the puck from first year Kelly McCarthy and junior Brynn Puppe and shoot it past Bowdoin's goalie Dani Marquez to score the equalizing goal for Williams. 

However, the Bears were also given a power play opportunity when Williams was called for a hooking penalty. They were able to score during this power play at 15:53. 

In the third period, the Bears were able to extend their lead even more with another goal at 9:11 into the period. However, the Ephs were able to respond with a power play goal at 12:03 when sophomore Elizabeth Welch was able to get bring the puck to the front of the net and score. 

The Ephs then pulled Anderson from the net to push an even more aggressive attack on the net which paid off when with 20 second left in the game, the Ephs were able to equalize the score. Puppe was able to get the puck to Slezyngier who slapped it past Manquez at 19:40, forcing the game into overtime. 

Despite this incredible comeback, the game quickly come to a stop when Bowdoin was able to score 13 seconds into overtime, ending the game for the Ephs. 

"I think we had some defensive zone lapses that Bowdoin capitalized on," said head coach Meghan Gillis, "I thought the team showed a lot of grit to come back and tie the game."

By the end of the game, Marissa Anderson for Williams had saved 8 of 13 Bowdoin shots while Bowdoin's Dani Marquez had saved 38 of 42 shots. 

The Ephs play their next game against Connecticut College this friday night.