MALDEN – The 11th-ranked Williams College men's hockey team won its fifth straight game in a 3-1 NESCAC final at Tufts University on Friday night at Valley Forum.
|Brendan Ryan netted his first goal of the year for Tufts|
The Ephs avenged a 6-2 loss to the Jumbos earlier in the season as they received four points from defensemen and 30 saves by senior goalie Michael Pinios in the victory. Williams is now 12-4-1 overall and second in NESCAC at 8-2-1 in the league.
Tufts closed to within 2-1 in the second period on a goal by sophomore Brendan Ryan, but couldn't get any closer and dropped to 5-11-1 and 2-8-1 in the conference.
The Ephs scored early as junior Wyatt Glover blasted a shot from the right face-off circle past Tufts freshman goalie Josh Sarlo 1:27 into the game for a 1-0 lead.
The visitors would double the margin at the 14:09 mark of the first as sophomore defenseman Daniel Woolfenden's shot from the right point eluded Sarlo for his fourth goal of the year.
Williams had a slim 11-10 advantage in shots for the first 20 minutes, but Pinios made all 10 saves and the visitors had a two-goal lead.
Halfway into the second period (10:34), Tufts tied it when junior Tyler Scroggins dashed into the Williams zone and sent a pass to the far right post where Ryan was on the spot to convert his first goal of the season.
However, the Ephs answered less than a minute later at 11:11 with another goal that started at the point. Senior Marcus Mollica got his stick on a shot by sophomore defenseman Mike Armstrong to score his 12th goal of the year, tied for the NESCAC lead.
Sarlo had 11 second-period saves to help keep it a two-goal game heading into the third.
The Jumbos amped up the pressure in the third period, out-shooting Williams 14-7. However, Pinios turned aside everything to earn his 11th victory of the season.
Tufts' Sarlo made 27 saves in the loss. Scroggins won 13 of his 17 face-offs for the Jumbos.
Both teams return to action tomorrow as the Jumbos host Middlebury at 4 pm and Williams continues on to Connecticut College for a 3 pm start.