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Women's ice hockey ties Williams 4-4

The Hamilton College Continentals played the Williams College Ephs to a 4-4 tie in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

Box score

The Ephs (5-6-1, 3-1-1 NESCAC) salvaged the tie by scoring with 77 seconds left in regulation. The Continentals had taken their first lead with three third-period goals.

Megan Ahern ‘17, Megan Fitzgerald ’16 and Hannah Bartlett ’16 each scored a third-period goal for Hamilton (4-5-2, 0-3-2) as the Continentals fought back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 and took a one-goal lead into the final minutes. Cristina Bravi ’14 picked up the equalizer for Williams just 13 seconds after the Ephs pulled goaltender Chloe Billadeau ’15 in favor of an extra attacker.

Billadeau made three saves in overtime, stopping a long shot by Stephanie Lang ’14 on Hamilton’s opening possession, stonewalling Katie Parkman ’17 on a short shot from the left side and turning away a shot by Sara Taffe ’17.

Michaela Levine '16 and Emily Krueger '17 assisted on Bravi’s tying goal. The goal was the 10th of the year for Bravi, who leads the Ephs with 15 points.

Hamilton’s Sarah Schuchardt ’15 turned away the only shot she faced in the extra period by Andree Heller ‘15. Schuchardt made 19 saves as Hamilton extended its unbeaten streak against Williams to four games.

The teams exchanged goals 63 seconds apart midway through the period. An unassisted goal by Hanna Beattie ’17 (her fourth of the year) put Williams back up by 3-2 but Fitzgerald’s second goal of the season pulled the Continentals even again at the 12:05 mark. Lang and Teal Gosselin ’17 assisted on the goal.

Hamilton took its first lead with 5:32 remaining in the third on Bartlett’s first goal of the season. Taffe and Gigi Fraser ’14 -- who combined on the Continentals’ first goal -- were credited with assists.

The Ephs grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first period just 32 seconds after the first penalty was called. Beattie and Caitlin Conlon ’15 assisted on the power-play goal by Gabrielle Vukasin ‘14. Williams stretched its lead to 2-0 at 5:52 of the second when Natalie Bernstein ’16 converted a pass from Perry McCarthy ‘14.

Fraser put the Continentals on the board with 6:58 left in the second with her seventh goal. Taffe assisted on the power-play goal. Fraser’s two points raised her season total to a team-high nine.

Ahern scored her first career goal 4:18 into the third period to start Hamilton’s late run. Ianthe Lekometros ’16 assisted on the goal, which tied the score at 2-2.

The two teams conclude their weekend series at Sage Rink on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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