BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin held off Williams in the third period to claim the NESCAC men's hockey title with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
The Ephs' Evan Dugdale scored 74 seconds into the third period to cut the deficit to a goal but that's as close as Williams got.
Failing to get the automatic qualier for the NCAA tournament, the Ephs were hoping for an atlarge big, but did not receive one. They finish their season with a 17-7-3 overall mark.
The Polar Bears scored twice in the first period to earn the win, racking up 17 shots. Sean Dougherty had to make 36 saves in net for Williams. Bowdoin outshot its guests 38-24 on the day.
The Ephs failed to conver on three power plays, including one midway through the third. Bowdoin scored its first goal on one of its six power play tries on the day.
Williams goalie Sean Dougherty made 35 saves, including 16 in the third period as the second-seeded Ephs held off No. 3 Trinity 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Ephs had gone 0-1-1 against the Bantams in the regular season, losing in Williamstown and tying in Hartford, Conn. Things didn't start well for Williams, as the Bantams' Tim Shea got the only goal of the first period.
Williams tied the game at 1-1 on Mike Brofft's goal at 1:16, and took the led for keeps on a power play at 8:27. Trinity's Mike DiCenso took a cross-checking minor and the Bantams were 29 seconds from killing off the power play when Nick Anderson
Eric Rubino scored what proved to be the game-winner at 4:13 of the third period. Jackson Brewer made it interesting by scoring at 6:54, but Dougherty and the Ephs held the charging Bantams at bay. Paul Steinig got an empty-net goal at 19:22.