Score: Wesleyan 3, Middlebury 2
Records: Wesleyan (7-3-0, 3-2-0 NESCAC), Middlebury (0-10-1, 0-7-0 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Friday, January 6th
Time: 7 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team scored the first three goals of the game on its way to a 3-2 victory over the Middlebury Panthers on Friday night at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- 6:08 into the first, Tyler Wyatt '20 had a breakaway opportunity, but was denied by the left pad of Panthers' net minder, Stephen Klein and the score remained 0-0.
- On the power play, Walker Harris '20 would put the Cardinals on the board with his goal at 11:14. Chad Malinowski '19 and Andy Espinoza '19 earned assists on the goal.
- Dawson Sprigings '17 would keep the home team on top as he made a fantastic save on Kamil Tkaczuk at the 14:03 mark in the first.
- Dylan Holze '19 would deke out the Middlebury defense on his was to scoring his sixth goal of the season to give the home team the 2-0 advantage at 15:20. Wyatt and Spencer Fox '20 would tally assists on the goal.
- Cole Morrissette '18 had a chance to make it three first period goals for Wesleyan, but his shot hit the crossbar and the Cardinals would head to the locker room with the 2-0 lead.
- The home team would score their second power play goal of the game as Theo Tydingco '18 rifled a shot from the point to give Wesleyan a 3-0 advantage. Tydingco's second goal of the year was assisted by Luke Babcock '19 at 4:34 in the second period.
- Middlebury would get on the board at 10:52 as Trevor Turnbull's shot trickled past Sprigings to bring the visitors to within two goals at 3-1.
- The Panthers would once again cut into the Cardinals lead as Mark McLellan was able to tip in the Andrew Neary shot on the power play and make the score 3-2. Greg Conrad was also given an assist on the goal which was scored at 18:17.
- Middlebury would have chances to tie the game up in the third, but were unsuccessful thanks to Sprigings and the Wesleyan defense, and the home team would claim the 3-2 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Earning his fifth win of the season was Sprigings who made 22 saves in the game.
- The Cardinals power play went 2-5 on the night.
- Wesleyan won 32 face offs to Middlebury's 28, and they also outshot the Panthers by a 30-24 margin.
- The Cardinals are right back at it tomorrow as they will host Little Three rival Williams College at 3 p.m.
- The Panthers are also back in action tomorrow as they will take on Trinity at 4 p.m.