WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --(Williams College Sports Information) Greg Johnson's second period power-play goal stood up Friday night as the Williams College men's hockey team held off a game Connecticut College squad, 1-0, at Lansing Chapman Rink.
Williams improved to 12-3-2, 8-1-2 in the NESCAC, holding onto the top spot in the standings while the Camels fell to 4-12-1, 3-8-0. The Ephs are home again Saturday to face Tufts University at 3 p.m.
The Ephs killed off two Connecticut College power plays in the final 6:53 to hold onto the win. Junior goalkeeper Sean Dougherty had another strong game and was at his best in e third period, making several good saves despite being screened out in front on the goal.
Dougherty finished with 29 saves en route to his second shutout of the season.
Williams took advantage of some chippy play in the second period to break the scoreless tie when on a 5-on-3 power play. Johnson did the honors, one-timing a shot from just above the dot in the right circle past Camel keeper Mike Petchonka with 9:56 left on the clock.
However, Connecticut College was able to kill off the rest of the Ephs power-play, despite a good attempt by Zander masucci which was deflated by Petchonka.
The Camels had several decent chances to tie the game in the third period, one comign fairly early when Sebastian Meltzer skated across the slot and wristed a high shot toward the top left corner that Dougherty knocked away with his blocker. Minutes later Mike Martinez made a similar move, poking the puck between an Eph defenseman's legs, regaining possession only to have Dougherty stick out his right pad to block access to the goal.
Alex DeBaere went off for slashing with 6:53 left in the game, but the Camels could muster just one potential scoring chance. Three seconds after that penalty expired, Eph Brian McNamara went off for a two-minute penalty and this time the Camels nearly took advantage.
First, Mike Sinsigalli's shot from the slot was saved by Dougherty and his blocker. Reich then dumped a shot on goal from the blueline that Dougherty somehow blocked with a Camel right in front of him. Moments later Greg Liautaud had a simlar shot, but more along the ice, and Dougherty stuck out his right pad for the save.
The Camels pulled Petchonka twice in the final 1:30, but could not gain the equalizer. With 8.9 seconds remaining and a face-off in the Williams zone, Nick Anderson was able to tie up the puck and kick it into the corner, where time ran out.
Each team had its moments in the first period, with the Camels coming out strong in the opening minutes and pinning Williams in its own end, but not generating any dangerous scoring chances. With Anderson off the ice for a tripping penalty, Dougherty had to come up big twice on the Connecticut College power-play to keep the game scoreless, first stopping a shot from the left circle, than turning away a blast from Will Leedy that came from the left point.