Cardinals Fall to Hamilton, 2-0

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

THE BASICS:

Score:
Hamilton 2, Wesleyan 0
Records:
Wesleyan (4-2-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC), Hamilton (5-0-1, 2-0-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's hockey team fell to unbeaten Hamilton College, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Spurrier-Snyder Rink. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Continentals got on the board first as Rory Gagnon found the rebound off a Sterling Bray shot and got the puck past Dawson Sprigings '17 for the 1-0 lead at 14:40 in the first.
  • Brandon Willett gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at 10:44 in the second as he put the Robbie Murden pass past the pads of Sprigings.
  • Walker Harris '20 would have an excellent scoring chance at 15:46, but Evan Buitenhuis got his glove up and made the save.
  • Jordan Jancze '18 would give the Cardinals their second scoring chance of the period as Jancze skated down the ice and tried to bury the puck in the corner of the net, but Buitenhuis extended his pad and made the save.
  • Down two men in the third, Sprigings and the Wesleyan penalty kill did all they could to keep the Continentals off the board. Sprigings made many excellent saves, and James Kline '17 was able to get the puck out of the zone and skate down the ice and create an excellent scoring opportunity for the home team.
  • Luke Babcock would give the Cardinals yet another opportunity, but his shot was snagged by Buitenhuis.
  • Hamilton would have the opportunity to extend its lead on a power play, but Wesleyan held them scoreless.
  • The home team would pull their goalie late looking to cut into the lead, but it was unsuccessful as the Continentals came away with the 2-0 win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hamilton and Wesleyan both took 28 shots in the game.
  • Sprigings made 26 saves in net, while Buitenhuis earned his fifth win with his 28 saves.
  • Both team's penalty kill squads did their job as neither allowed a goal. Wesleyan held the Continentals to 0-5 with the extra skater. 

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will return to the ice on Saturday, December 10th as they will take on Stonehill College in the W.B. Mason Winter Classic. Faceoff is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
  • Hamilton is back in action on Friday, December 9th against Middlebury. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. 

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