NEW LONDON, Conn. – Williams scored three power play goals and held off a late surge to defeat the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team by a 3-2 score on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
Riding a wave of momentum after last night's overtime victory, the Camels were able to get on the scoreboard first at the 11:09 mark of the opening period. Senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) won a puck behind the net and found junior Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.), who slid a short pass to Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) in the slot for her seventh marker of the season. Williams, however, was able to net the equalizer when Brynn Puppe fired the puck home on the team's first power play opportunity at 17:21.
Before the end of the period, the pendelum completely swung back to the Ephs when a Camel player was whistled off the ice and disqualified for kicking. With Connecticut College suddenly faced with having to kill off a five-minute major penalty which was not releasable, Williams capitalized by scoring twice. Meghan Halloran, who assisted on the Ephs' first goal, found the back of the net with 23 seconds remaining in the opening period and at the 3:14 mark of the second period to put the visitors in control.
Even though they suddenly found themselves down by two goals, the Camels continued to fight hard and sliced the margin in half with exactly eight minutes left to play in the second period. Senior Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) started a 2-on-1 scoring opportunity from the defensive zone by backhanding a pass to Gualtieri, who blitzed down the right side of the ice and found a wide open Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) for her second goal in as many games.
The teams only combined for eight shots on target in a scoreless third period that was highlighted by several excellent defensive play by both sides. Connecticut College eventually pulled freshman netminder Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) on two occasions, beginning with 2:52 left, but the team was unable to convert. After senior captain Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.) blocked an Amanda Reisman shot attempt on the empty net with just over a minute remaining to keep the hosts within striking distance, three ensuing chances by the Camels to net the equalizer were unsuccessful.
Chloe Heiting made 21 saves to pick up the victory between the pipes for Williams (11-4-1, NESCAC 6-4), while Denora suffered the loss despite turning away 27 shots.
Connecticut College (8-5-2, NESCAC 4-4-2) will next travel to Saint Anselm for a non-conference game on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.