Williams men's ice hockey just misses upset opportunity against No. 1 Trinity

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WILLIAMSTOWN — It was a chance for Williams to make a statement in hockey. It is not often the nation's No. 1 team comes to Lansing Chapman Rink.

The 13th-ranked Ephs hosted No. 1 Trinity on Saturday afternoon, but could not finish that statement. Michael Grande's deflection midway through the third period broke a tie and gave the Bantams a 3-2 win over the Ephs.

"It was a tough loss," said Williams right wing Nick Altmann, who scored his team's first goal. "We spent a lot of time preparing this week. We worked really hard. We knew they were a good team. It was a test.

"It's still early in the season, but we know how we need to play to beat a good team."

A goal by Will Somers at 6 minutes, 9 seconds of the second period tied the game for Williams. The Ephs had their opportunities, but could not break the tie. At the end of the day, Williams (8-4-0, 6-2 NESCAC) outshot Trinity 39-25, with Bantams goalie Tedy Loughborough making 37 saves.

"They're a heck of a team, and they pushed us," Williams coach Bill Kangas said. "We pushed back pretty well. We all had some good chances. We had some opportunities and they had some opportunities. We had some point-blank chances too. That's what you're going to get in a game-like this.

Williams first-year goalie Evan Ruschil faced 25 shots in the game, 15 of them coming in a high-flying, back-and-forth first period. The one that Ruschil probably wishes he could have had back did not come without some controversy.

Grande tipped a high shot by Cole Polizian past Ruschil at 11:51. The Williams bench was hoping for a high stick call, but referees Jim Tinnirella and Jason Williams called the goal good, giving Trinity (11-1-0, 6-0-0) the lead. The Bantams did not give it up.

"It's hard to tell. I have to see it on video, but it's a bang-bang play," said Kangas. "They chose to call it in, and that's the way it goes. We don't have the luxury of video replay. I'm not sure we want it. But probably in that situation, it's probably nice to have to see the angle of the tip."

On a good news, bad news day for the Ephs, the Williams penalty killers were outstanding. Williams gave up one goal on eight power plays, including killing off a five-minute major to Myles Cunningham for contact to the head. Five of those power plays came in the second and third period, which kept Williams from gaining any real momentum offensively in the final two periods. Williams had 18 shots in the first period and only 21 in the final two.

"We knew they were strong on special teams, especially their power play. That's one thing that we struggled with today was staying out of the box," Altmann said. "We knew it was going to be a pretty chippy game. All of those penalties set us back. It tires out our top guys and gives [Trinity] an opportunity to score."

Williams did, however, have a late two-man advantage with Grande and Liam Feeney both in the box. With time running down on the two-man advantage, the Ephs Mac Carso centered the puck from behind the net to Altmann in the low slot. Loughborough kicked the puck out with his right pad.

"You know, when you play this team and especially in this rink, they're going to battle, claw and scratch — and that's exactly what happened today," Trinity coach Matt Greason said. "It's never pretty. You never feel good coming out of here, because they're so hard to play against. They're going to disrupt what you do consistently, and that's exactly what they did today.

"We were fortunate enough to get the break, and Tedy made a couple of saves down the stretch."

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Williams and Trinity are now tied atop NESCAC with 12 points, based on each team's six wins. The top-ranked Bantams, however, have two games in hand on the Ephs.

Williams will take next weekend off from conference play, hosting Albertus Magnus and Plattsburgh.

"At this point in the season, we're just focused on getting one percent better every single day," said Altmann. "It's a slow build towards the end of the season, and we're just focused on getting better as a team and learning from our failures."

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Trinity     1     1     1     —     3

Williams     1     1     0     —     2

First Period

W — Nick Altmann (unassisted), 17:48 (PP). T — Jack McCarthy (Barclay Gammill), 19:40.

Second Period

T — Dylan Healey (Gammill), 0:38 (PP). W — Will Somers (unassisted), 6:09.

Third Period

T — Michael Grande (Cole Polizian, Timothy Weinstein), 11:51.

Shots on goals — T: 15-7-3 25. W: 18-8-13 39. Saves — T: Tedy Loughborough 37. W: Evan Ruschil 22.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.

Williams     1     1     0     —     2

First Period

W — Nick Altmann (unassisted), 17:48 (PP). T — Jack McCarthy (Barclay Gammill), 19:40.

Second Period

T — Dylan Healey (Gammill), 0:38 (PP). W — Will Somers (unassisted), 6:09.

Third Period

T — Michael Grande (Cole Polizian, Timothy Weinstein), 11:51.

Shots on goals — T: 15-7-3 25. W: 18-8-13 39. Saves — T: Tedy Loughborough 37. W: Evan Ruschil 22.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.

First Period

W — Nick Altmann (unassisted), 17:48 (PP). T — Jack McCarthy (Barclay Gammill), 19:40.

Second Period

T — Dylan Healey (Gammill), 0:38 (PP). W — Will Somers (unassisted), 6:09.

Third Period

T — Michael Grande (Cole Polizian, Timothy Weinstein), 11:51.

Shots on goals — T: 15-7-3 25. W: 18-8-13 39. Saves — T: Tedy Loughborough 37. W: Evan Ruschil 22.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.


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