WILLIAMSTOWN -- Connecticut College might have skated into Lansing Chapman Rink with a 4-11-1 record, but the Williams College men knew it was going to be a tough night.
After all, the Camels had played seven one-goal games and won only two of them. The ninth-ranked Ephs (12-3-2, 8-1-2 in NESCAC) made sure that number didn't reach three after beating Conn. College 1-0 Friday night.
Greg Johnson's power-play goal in the second period was all Williams got in the game, but goalie Sean Dougherty kept the Camels (4-12-1, 3-8-0) off the scoreboard with 29 saves for his second shutout of the year. Dougherty faced 13 shots in the third period.
"Last weekend, we lost the first game to Colby and then we ended up beating Bowdoin. We really wanted to stay on that same track and start off the weekend with a win," said the junior goalie from Smithtown, N.Y.
The Ephs survived a pair of penalties in the final seven minutes of the third period for their fourth win in the last five games.
"[Conn. College] played well. That's a good hockey team and we knew that going in. When we played them [on Nov. 22] it was 2-1 with 10 minutes to go in the game and we ended up scoring a couple of more goals," said Williams coach Bill Kangas. "We knew it would be tough today.
"We were able to get that one break. We ended up getting a power play and scoring on it."
In each of his last four wins, Dougherty has given up one or fewer goals. It was his first shutout since beating Amherst 1-0 back on Dec. 7.
Dougherty came into Friday's game with a NESCAC-leading 1.58 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. He is also the reigning conference player of the week.
"I really just try to give our team the best opportunity to win every game. We have an unbelievable defense and they limit the scoring chances I see," said Dougherty. "I'm just one small part of trying to hold the team to as few goals as possible."
Dougherty has been in nine one-goal games on his own, and is now 6-3 in those games. This one might have gone to overtime as a scoreless tie, were it not for Johnson.
Midway through the second period, Conn. College's Mike Martinez was serving a holding minor when Adam Rimmer tripped Williams' Frankie Mork from behind at 8:54, giving Williams a two-man advantage. One minute later, a holding call against the Camels' Mike Doyle filled up the penalty box, and Doyle's penalty wouldn't start until the first expired.
Johnson took care of that after the next faceoff.
"D.J. [David Jarrett] moved it back to me. I saw the lane was open and I took it," Johnson said. "I knew it came off hard, but that was all I knew. I didn't try to put it anywhere, just on the net."
Jarrett and Tyler Young got the assists at 10:04.
The Camels, who outshot the Ephs 13-5 in the third period, had a golden opportunity to get on the board late in the third period. Back-to-back power plays put the Ephs against the wall, but Dougherty and the Williams penalty kill kept the zero on the scoreboard.
The Camels ended up 0 for 6 on the power play.
"It's uncharacteristic of us for taking penalties. We took a couple unnecessarily, which led to two great opportunities for them," said Kangas. "We blocked some shots. Sean made a couple of saves.
"We had to lean on him a little bit tonight."
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