James Kline Tallies Four Points as Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Franklin Pierce, 8-1

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Score:
Wesleyan 8, Franklin Pierce 1
Records:
Wesleyan (3-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC), Franklin Pierce (6-4-0, 2-1-0 NE-10)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Sunday, November 27th
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: James Kline '17 tallied four points as the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team used eight different goal scorers to defeat Franklin Pierce by a score of 8-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • In the first period, Vincent Lima '19 took a Kline pass and put a shot on net which Ravens goaltender Tom McGuckin was able to get a glove on, however Andy Espinoza '19 was right there waiting for the rebound which he put in the back of the net. The goal gave the Cardinals the 1-0 lead at 13:07.
  • Franklin Pierce would tie the game at 1:33 in the second on power play goal by James Morrissey which was assisted by Alex Schleper.
  • The home team would respond with four goals in the second, the first coming from Cam McCusker '18 at 3:52. His goal was assisted by Chad Malinowski '19 and Dylan Holze '19.
  • Theo Tydingco '18 would score on the power play as he rifled a shot pass McGuckin at 14:09 to bring the Wesleyan lead to 3-1. Kline notched his second assist in the game on Tydingco's first goal of the year.
  • Holze would give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead as he took the Mike Yablong '19 pass and broke free from the defense to score his first goal of the season at 18:05.
  • Kline would get his third assist in the game as he set up Hunter Vannier '20 who was able to lift the puck over the shoulder of McGuckin for his first collegiate goal at 19:42 in the second to give the home team the four goal advantage.
  • Luke Babcock came from around the net and got the puck between the pads of McGuckin for the 6-1 lead at 3:34 in the third period. Babcock's goal was assisted by Tyler Wyatt '20 and Spencer Fox '20.
  • Just under a minute later, freshman Tyler Kobryn would score his first collegiate goal on the pass from Jordan Jancze '18 to give the Cardinals the 7-1 lead at 3:52.
  • Kline would conclude the scoring at 16:44 as he took a Marty Rubin '18 pass and got it past the Ravens' netminder for the 8-1 advantage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Kline registered four points in the game (1g, 3a).
  • Dawson Sprigings '17 earned his second victory on the year, stopping 21 shots on the day.
  • Overall, Wesleyan held a 35-22 advantage in shots.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action on Friday, December 2nd, as they will host Little Three Rival Amherst at 7 p.m.
  • The Ravens will return to the ice on Saturday, December 3rd, as they will host Fitchburg St. at 7:30 p.m.

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