OSWEGO, N.Y. — A four-goal second period was ultimately too much for the Williams College men's hockey team to overcome yesterday, as it dropped a 4-1 decision to Adrian College in the Pathfinder Bank Oswego State Hockey Classic.
Williams fell to 5-3-1 and will play the loser of Castleton State University and host Oswego State today at 1 p.m.
Adrian, which is unbeaten in its last 10 starts improved to 9-1-1 on the season.
The Ephs took the lead in the first period as Sam Gray took a feed from Luke Stickel to give Williams an early advantage just three minutes and 39 seconds after the opening faceoff. Williams outshot Adrian 13-9 to take that one-goal lead into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs, however, turned the tables in the middle frame by scoring four goals on 12 shots. Freshman Cameron Cooper tied it at the 2:33 mark on a pass from classmate Connor Armour. Then, just 2:51 later, sophomore alternate captain Mathew Thompson put the Bulldogs in front for good at 5:24 with his seventh tally on the season, with assists credited to sophomore Taylor McCloy and junior Michael Hoy.
An unassisted tally by Adam Davies with 4:56 left in the period extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-1 and Bryan Yim's power-play goal with 50 seconds left made it 4-1 heading into the third and final period.
Neither team scored in the third period. Williams senior goaltender Noah Klag finished with 31 saves in the game. Adrian's Kevin Entmaa made 25 saves in the victory to improve to 7-0-0 on the season.
Elmira 2, Williams 1
PINE VALLEY, N.Y. >> Williams could not overcome Elmira, which is currently ranked second in USCHO.com national poll and now has won 10 straight games.
The first period started off with an early goal from the Soaring Eagles at 2:15 by Jessica Prance, assisted by Phoebe Piku and Rachel Grampp.
Elmira extended its lead to 2-0 halfway through the second on a goal by Olivia Nystrom, assisted by Ari Smith and Piku.
The Ephs cut the deficit in half early in the third period. Michaela Levine took a sharp angled shot into the top corner at 3:09, assisted by Candace Liu and Alex Lovaas.
Williams will next face Bowdoin in a NESCAC contest on Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m.