WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. –(Kathleen Elkins, Williams College) The Williams College Ephs improved their record (12-8-3) this evening with a 5-2 victory over NESCAC opponent Connecticut College (9-11-3). Tonight's victory made it 12 wins for the season, the most wins in a season since 2009-2010 when the Ephs finished 12-11-2.
After a scoreless opening frame, there was no shortage of goals or penalties in the latter 40 minutes of play. The game seesawed back and forth until the third period, when two quick goals put the Ephs on top 4-2. Freshman Hannah Beattie (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal and finalized the score at 5-2.
Williams never trailed in the contest and took a 2-1 lead into the final period, where a solid defensive effort and some timely saves from netminder Charlie Billadeau (Chaska, Minn.) held off a threatening Conn attack.
The first penalty of the evening came at the 16:43 mark and set the Ephs up to tack on an early goal. The Camels did a solid job of clearing the puck however, and killed the penalty efficiently.
A second Camel penalty with just over 2 minutes in the frame gave the Williams offense a chance to get on the scoreboard before the opening 20 minutes came to a close. The Connecticut College penalty kill unit held strong though, as they did on the first penalty, and the stanza ended in a scoreless tie.
Although they had no goals to show for it, Williams controlled the puck throughout the first session, outshooting the Camels 16-4.
Headed into the second frame, the shot advantage for the Ephs did not take long to pay dividends. After just 2:05 of play, junior Perry McCarthy (Princeton, N.J.1) broke the scoring drought and notched the first tally of the night with help from teammate Andre Heller (Toronto, Ont.), who put a shot on net from the left side. Camel goaltender Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) stopped Heller's shot, but the puck squirted free to McCarthy who tapped it home to put her team up 1-0.
Undeterred, the Camels responded in a timely manner, registering their first goal of the evening seven minutes after the McCarthy goal. Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.), set up by teammate Jane Pagano (Erie, Pa.), notched the equalizer at 11:07.
An Eph penalty coming shortly after the goal gave the Camels an opportunity to take their first lead of the night. The Eph penalty kill unit and Billadeau refused to let that happen, and the game would remain even at 1-1 until the final seconds of the period.
With one minute remaining, the Eph offense peppered Fralick with shots. She stayed strong between the pipes and made several saves, but could not answer Hanna Beattie's (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) shot with 3.4 seconds to go. The tandem of Caitlin Conlon (Sudbury, Mass.) and Cristina Bravi (Montreal, Que.) helped out on the play. Bravi collected a rebound and sent it to the point, where Beattie took a high wrister that beat Fralick.
Williams outshot the Camels once again, 8-5, and skated into the locker room with a slight 2-1 lead.
Connecticut College refused to go away quietly, and would knot up the contest 2:41 into the final frame on a powerplay opportunity. The Camel offense tested Billadeau several times and hit the crossbar on one opportunity before finding the back of the net, thanks to a goal coming from Ashley Anctil (Manchester, N.H.). Cassie Hunter (Gilford, N.H.) ripped a shot, and Anctil jumped quickly on the rebound and sent it past Billadeau to even things up at 2.
A little over three minutes later, the Ephs responded on a powerplay chance of their own, this one coming from senior co-captain Gabby Vukasin (Princeton, N.J.), set up by classmate and co-captain Bravi.
Building off the momentum created by the Vukasin goal, the Ephs upped their lead by two with 9:50 remaining. Emily Krueger (Manasquan, N.J.) and Bravi set up Michaela Levine (Lititz, Pa.) who registered a beautiful top shelf goal to give the Ephs a lead that they would protect until the final buzzer sounded.
Connecticut College put the pressure on Billadeau with a number of shots in the final minutes of the period. Playing on the powerplay, they pulled Fralick to gain an extra attacker, but to no avail. Beattie would collect her second goal of the evening, finding the empty net with 3:08 to go. Assisted by Heller and Talia Simon (Carlisle, Mass.), Beattie's insurance goal would finalize the game at 5-2.
Billadeau finished the evening with 15 impressive saves, while counterpart Fralick turned away 28 Eph bids.
The Camels and Ephs return to Lansing Chapman Rink tomorrow afternoon at 3pm for the last regular season game.
April 4, 2014 Pagano Named to USCHO All-Rookie Team for Camels
March 6, 2014 Dumont Garners All-NESCAC Honors for Camels
February 24, 2014 Pagano Honored as NESCAC Player of the Week for Camels
January 17, 2014 Connecticut College & Colby College Skate to 3-3 Draw in Waterville
December 9, 2013 Farrell Honored as NESCAC Player of the Week for Connecticut College