Williams women's hockey team beats UMass-Boston in Codfish Bowl Tournament

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BOSTON — It was a nice bounce-back for the Williams women's hockey team in the first round of UMass-Boston's Codfish Bowl Tournament.Five different Ephs scored goals in a 5-0 win over host UMass-Boston in the first game of the tournament.Williams (3-3-0) has now won three of its last four games after starting the season 0-2.

But the Ephs were coming off a 3-0 shutout loss at Endicott on Tuesday. It took coach Meghan Gillis' team less than nine minutes to end that scoreless streak.

UMass' Anna Kehoe was serving a minor for holding when Michaela O'Connor set up Galle for the first-year's first collegiate goal. The power-play tally came 1:41 into the penalty.

Just 15 seconds later, Williams made it 2-0 when Meghan Halloran hammered a slap shot that beat goalie Caty Flagg on the blocker side for the goal. Williams wasn't done in the first period, because Halloran returned the favor to Amanda Reisman, who got the primary assist on the Halloran goal. This time, Halloran fed Reisman, whose wrister found the back of the net.

Flagg, who was the reigning New England Hockey Conference player of the week, faced 46 shots and made 41 saves. She was peppered with 23 Williams shots in the first period and 14 more in the second.

UMass-Boston falls to 3-5-1.

Williams will play Stevenson in the Codfish title game Sunday. Stevenson and Bowdoin played to a 1-1 tie, which is how the game will go into the record books. But Stevenson won a tie-breaking shootout, and will face the Ephs at 3 p.m.

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