Score: Wesleyan 5, Bowdoin 3
Records: Wesleyan (12-5-4, 7-4-4 NESCAC), Bowdoin (8-13-0, 5-10-0 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Friday, February 10th
Time: 7 p.m.
The Lead: Walker Harris '20 netted three points as they Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team skated to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Bowdoin Polar Bears on Friday night at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The home team got on the board first as Dylan Holze '19 sent a pass to Chad Malinowski '19 who lace a shot on goal that was tipped in by Walker Harris '20 at 8:56. The goal was the eighth on the season for Harris.
- The Polar Bears would answer at 12:02 as Cody Todesco found the rebound off a Matthew Lison shot and got the puck over the outstretched pad of Dawson Sprigings '17 to tie the game at one. Sebastian Foster also earned an assist on Todesco's 15th goal on the year.
- Bowdoin would break the tie in the second period as Spencer Antunez carried the puck around the net and scored the wrap-around goal at 9:09, which was assisted by Brendan Conroy.
- The Cardinals would get even on the power play as James Kline '17 sent a cross-ice pass to Andy Espinoza '19 who fired a shot pass Peter Cronin at 12:59. Harris was also credited with an assist on Espinoza's seventh goal.
- Just as a Polar Bear's penalty came to an end, the home team would take the one goal lead as Luke Babcock '19 snuck the puck between the pads of Cronin at 18:04 for the 3-2 lead. Holze and Vincent Lima '19 were given assists on the goal.
- Jordan Jancze '18 would give Wesleyan a two goal advantage at 15:45 in the third as he took the Quincy Oujevolk '17 pass and got the puck past the outstretched blocker of Cronin for the 4-2 advantage
- The visitors would respond to bring the game to within one goal as Daniel McMullan lifted the puck over the glove hand of Sprigings at 16:51. Assists were given to Christian Capello and Camil Blanchet.
- With the Bowdoin net empty, Harris won the center ice faceoff, and Kline secured the puck and sent it down into the empty net at 19:46 to secure the 5-3 Wesleyan win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sprigings made 21 saves as he earned his seventh win on the season.
- Harris' three points give him 18 on the season, which is second on the team.
- Kline leads the team with his 22 points (7g, 15 a), and his 15 assists have him in a tie for second in the NESCAC.
- Todesco currently has a conference leading 15 goals, while also currently ranking third with 25 total points.
- The Cardinals are back on the ice tomorrow, February 11th as they will host Colby at 3 p.m.
- The Polar Bears are also back in action tomorrow as they will take on Trinity at 4 p.m.