WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams men's ice hockey team survived a late Bowdoin comeback to hold off the Polar Bears for a 5-4 Friday night final.
The Ephs are 8-5-2 (5-2-2 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears fall to 7-9-0 (4-7-0 NESCAC).
- Williams jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into action. David Italiano wristed a shot from the lower edge of the right faceoff circle, putting the puck past Peter Cronin.
- Just over a minute later the Ephs doubled their lead off a turnover in the neutral zone. Joe Welch capitalized on the breakaway opportunity by converting on a backhander.
- Bowdoin pulled within one just under halfway into the period. Christian Capello received a cross from Ronnie Lestan to convert on a 3-on-2. Capello fired one high past Stephen Morrissey.
- Italiano regained the two goal lead for Williams as he put back a rebound to push the score to 3-1 a minute later. The junior set up the Ephs final goal of the period as his initial bid ricocheted off the crossbar, only to have James McNamara put another shot off the bar that deflected in.
- Bowdoin cut its deficit in half with a goal just 48 seconds into the second. Spencer Antunez put away a rebound off the initial shot of Matthew Lison.
- At 5:17 the Polar Bears made it a one goal game. Cutting off a clearing attempt in the Ephs' own defensive zone, Matt Sullivan carried to the slot and flipped a backhand on net.
- After shutting Williams out throughout the second period, the Ephs put a fifth tally on the board 5:23 into the third. A deflection from Alex Hagerty bested Nathan Colannino.
- With under four to play in the game, Thomas Dunleavy fired off a no-angle low on the right circle.
By the Numbers
- Cronin started the game for Bowdoin, making 9 saves, before Colannino came in to play the final two periods and collect 23 saves. The sophomore made 17 stops off the bench in the second period.
- Morrissey made 23 stops for Williams.
- Bowdoin was 0-for-3 on the power play while the hosts were 1-for-6.
- Bowdoin heads to Middlebury tomorrow for a 3:00 p.m. start.