At Frozen Fenway, Williams men's hockey rallies in third period for win
BOSTON -- On a frigid Tuesday night, it took the Williams College men's hockey team a little while to get warmed up. But when they did, it was something to see.
The ninth-ranked Ephs scored three goals in the first six minutes of the third period to roar back from a deficit and beat Trinity 4-2 in the nightcap of a Frozen Fenway doubleheader at Fenway Park.
Freshman left wing George Hunkele tipped in Frankie Mork's slapshot at 6:19 broke the 2-2 tie. He scored with 25 seconds left on the Ephs' second consecutive power play of the third period. Hunkele had two goals and two assists to lead the Ephs.
"It's a great feeling," said Hunkele. "We stuck with it all game. It's huge for us really."
With the win, the Ephs improved to 7-1-2 and maintained first place in NESCAC with a 5-0-2 record. The Bantams fell to 7-3-0 and 3-2-0 in the conference.
"We definitely didn't start well or come out the way we wanted," said Eph co-captain Nick Anderson. "In the third period, I think we really got our game together."
The score was tied 2-2 when Trinity's Ben Hjalmarsson took a tripping minor at 4:44. The Ephs, who had scored twice in the first 2:25 of the final stanza, put the pressure on from the start of the power play. Trinity goalie Ben Coulthard, who finished with 30 saves, was equal to the task -- until the final seconds.
With the power play running down, defenseman Zander Masucci had the puck on the right point and he cycled it across to Mork on the left. The freshman from Victoria, Minn., launched a shot on net. Hunkele tipped it past Coulthard with 25 seconds left on the man advantage.
"It was really just a good shot by him," said Hunkele. "I just threw my stick out there and he basically just shot [the puck] right to it."
It was the second power play goal of the night for Williams, and it came as a big relief for many reasons.
"We struggled all weekend last week. I'd say we had 10 power plays and we couldn't even get a goal," said Mork. "In the last couple of days of practice, that was one of our main focuses."
Williams got on the board just 28 seconds into the third period when Hunkele scored a short-handed goal with Anderson in the box. Trinity's Jim Burt was called for tripping at 1:50, and 35 seconds later Anderson tied the score. That set the stage for Hunkele's tip-in goal and an empty-net goal by Craig Kitto with 50 seconds left in the game.
"It was awesome. We're in the Red Sox locker room. We had great fan support from Williamstown and we had a lot of alums here," said Eph head coach Bill Kangas. "It was a great venue to play and it's obviously sweeter when you win."
It didn't start that way as the Bantams scored on their first shot of the game.
Trinity's No. 1 line of Sean Orlando, Mike Hawkrigg and Jackson Brewer made it 1-0 when Hawkrigg skated the puck out from neutral ice along the right-wing boards. He feathered a pass to Orlando who found Brewer in the high slot and Brewer's high shot eluded Dougherty at 4:35 of the opening period. It was Brewer's eighth goal of the year.
Orlando made it 2-0 on a power-play goal midway through the second period. Williams goalie Sean Dougherty handled the first shot, but the rebound was tipped to Orlando who was standing on the left side of the crease.
From that point on, Dougherty was outstanding. He stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced over the final two periods.
"It was definitely a bit of an adjustment," said the junior goalie from Smithtown, N.Y. "The ice was pretty beat up, so it took a little adjustment to it, obviously giving up a goal on the first shot.
"The team bounced back pretty well at the end."
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