Women's ice hockey wins with five-goal third period

Jill Tokarczyk '14
Jill Tokarczyk '14

Hamilton College scored five goals in the third period and rallied for a 6-3 NESCAC victory against Williams College at Williams’ Lansing Chapman Rink on Jan. 12.

Hamilton (9-3-0 overall, 4-2 NESCAC) has won three straight games and five of its last six. The Continentals have defeated the Ephs in four of their last five meetings, including a 3-1 win in Williamstown on Friday night.

Katie Zimmerman '13 scored two goals -- both in the third period for the Continentals. Zimmerman's first goal was the 50th of her career. She leads all of Division III with 15 goals this season.

Jill Tokarczyk '14 passed out three assists and Stephanie Lang '14 added one goal and one helper. Abby Runyon '13, Gigi Fraser '14 and Megan Fitzgerald '16 all posted one goal. Hannah Bartlett '16 notched two assists and leads the team with seven. Naomi Woolfenden '16, Julia Beaty '13, Hannah Jaiven '14 and Nikki Haskins ’14 all recorded one assist.

Becca Hazlett '13 made 22 saves in the win. Hazlett’s goals against average is 1.93 and her save percentage is .908.

Christina Bravi tallied two goals for the Ephs. Sam Cutts chipped in one goal and two assists and Gabrielle Vukasin added two more helpers. Sam Weinstein and Natalie Bernstein were each credited with an assist. Chloe Billadeau stopped 30 shots before she was pulled at the 7:39 mark of the third period. Rachel Nguyen made three saves the rest of the way.

Williams (6-6-0, 3-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead 6:05 into the first period. Vukasin held the puck behind the net and sent a pass to Cutts, whose shot from the center of the slot beat Hazlett.

Hamilton evened things up at the 12:47 mark of the first on the Continentals' first power-play opportunity. Tokarczyk and Jaiven worked the puck around the perimeter before Lang scored her fifth goal of the year.

Both teams successfully killed penalties to open the second period. But 43 seconds after Hamilton’s power play ended, the Ephs regained the lead. Vukasin’s initial shot was denied by Hazlett and Bravi was there for the rebound and putback to score the period's lone goal at 8:23.

Hamilton wasted no time in the third, as Fraser tied the score just 20 seconds into the period. Tokarczyk and Lang set up the goal that knotted the score at 2-2. Just 20 seconds later, Zimmerman gave Hamilton the lead for good at 3-2 with Bartlett earning an assist.

The Continentals added to their lead at 3:58 with a power-play goal by Runyon that was assisted by Woolfenden and Haskins. Fitzgerald tacked on her fourth goal to extend the lead to 5-2 at 6:42 of the third.

Williams cut its deficit to 5-3 with 1:43 left. Bravi registered her second goal of the afternoon on assists from Weinstein and Cutts. The Ephs pulled Nguyen with 86 seconds to play for the extra skater, but Zimmerman silenced any comeback hopes with an empty-net goal with 52 seconds remaining.

Hamilton dominated shots on goal, 39-25, and converted 3 of 4 power-play opportunities. The Ephs were unsuccessful on their only chance. The Continentals were 5-for-9 with the extra skater during the two-game set at Williams.

Hamilton returns home for a two-game NESCAC series against Trinity College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19.

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