The Williams College ladies’ hockey team will keep moving this week.
The Ephs scored twice in the final period to break a tie game and advance by Norwich, 3-1.
Playing in its first NCAA Division III tournament home game ever, Williams (21-4-3) did not disillusion the fans at Lansing Chapman Rink. Brynn Puppe got the game victor off a feed from Abby Brustad and Annie Rush with 5 minutes, 39 seconds passed by in the third period. The sophomore’s thumbs up goal broke a 1-1 tie, and opened up the Ephs to work it.
Around six minutes after the fact, Avery Dunn earned the protection count on a power play with Amanda Reisman and Eliza Quigly on the helper.
Brustad and Reisman had two-point evenings, as Brustad drew first blood 3:37 into the second period. Reisman and Meghan Halloran were credited with the help.
Williams goaltender Chloe Heiting was beaten only once on the night, by Amanda Conway, who scored a power-play goal to tie things up in the second. Past that, the first year starter was her typical consistent self between the pipes, turning away 32 pucks for the win.
The Ephs were out-shot by eight on the night, yet got five shots on goal from Elizabeth Welch. Brustad tried Norwich (21-6-2) guardian Emily Lambert multiple times.
Williams advances to confront Plattsburgh State on Saturday. The Cardinals required additional time to return from a two-goal shortage and annihilation Endicott 3-2 in the other first-round game.
Puck drop for the quarterfinal between Plattsburgh and Williams is still TBD.