Men's Ice Hockey Upsets Colby, 5-4, In NESCAC Quarterfinal Action

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score:
 Wesleyan 5, Colby 4
Records:
 Wesleyan (13-8-4, 7-7-4 NESCAC); Colby (13-7-4, 11-4-3 NESCAC)
Location: Waterville, Maine (Alfond Rink)
Date: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: The seventh-seeded Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team upset the number two-seeded Colby College, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament. Dylan Holze '18 and Spencer Fox '20 each registered three points in the win. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Senior James Kline got the Cardinals on the board at 3:08 gone by in the first period as his wrist shot got past Mules' goaltender Sean Lawrence. The goal was assisted by Luke Babcock '19 and Chad Malinowski '19.
  • Colby would tie the game later in the period as Kienan Scott scored his sixth goal on the year. His score at 17:48 was assisted by Mark Leprien and Nick O'Connor.
  • The home team would take the lead just over a minute later as the J.P. Schuhlen shot got past Dawson Sprigings '17 at 18:54. Scott Fenwick and Thomas Stahlhuth were given assists on the score.
  • Holze would tie the game in the second period as passes from Fox and Vincent Lima '19 set up Holze for his eighth goal of the year at 5:22.
  • Once again the Mules would regain the lead as Geoff Sullivan scored his sixth goal of the year at 11:03. Phil Klitirinos and Devin Albert notched assists on the goal which gave Colby the 3-2 advantage.
  • Fox and Holze would connect at 16:52 in the second to tie the game at 3-3. The goal gives Holze nine on the season.
  • Wesleyan would grab the 4-3 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the second as Tyler Wyatt '20 found the back of the net for his third goal on the year. Fox and Holze earned assists on the score.
  • The Mules would once again tie the game in the third period as Michael Rudolf got the puck past Sprigings just 49 seconds into the third. Jack Burton and Klitirinos notched assists on Rudolf's tenth goal on the year.
  • Just 12 seconds later, the Cardinals would regain the lead as Kline sent a pass to Babcock who buried the puck into the back of the net for the 5-4 advantage.
  • Colby would pull Lawrence in the third for an extra skater, and they would have numerous scoring opportunities, but saves by Sprigings, an excellent blocked shot by Rob Harbison '17, and countless other great defensive plays allowed Wesleyan to keep the lead and pull off the upset victory on the road.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The tightly contested game featured four ties.
  • Neither team could convert on the power play, with both going 0-1.
  • Sprigings made 27 saves in goal.
  • Holze and Fox led the Cardinals with three points in the game, while Babcock and Kline notched two points.
  • Kline now has a total of 25 points on the season to lead the team. His 16 helpers also are tops on the squad.
  • Holze is third on the team in points (20) and fourth in assists (11).

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will take on top-seeded Hamilton on Saturday, March 4th. This will be the first semifinals appearance for Wesleyan since the 2010-11 season, which saw them upset No. 1 Hamilton in the quarterfinals by a score of 5-2.

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