Score: Hamilton 5, Wesleyan 4
Records: Wesleyan (13-9-4, 7-7-4 NESCAC), No. 8 Hamilton (19-3-4, 11-3-4 NESCAC)
Location: Clinton, N.Y. (Russell Sage Rink)
Date: Saturday, March 4th
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament as top seeded Hamilton College scored three goals in the final period to claim the 5-4 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals opened up the scoring at 7:29 in the first as Cam McCusker '18 picked off a clearing shot from the bottom of the right circle and put the puck into the net. His power play goal was his ninth on the year.
- The Continentals would tie the game as the wrist shot from Jon Carkeek got past Dawson Sprigings '17 at 11:48. Carkeek's power play goal was assisted by Jason Brochu and Rory Gagnon.
- Wesleyan would gain a 2-1 advantage as Quincy Oujevolk '17 put in the rebound off a Jordan Jancze '18 shot at 17:13 in the first period.
- Vincent Lima '19 would extend the Cardinals lead in the second period as he tipped in the James Kline '17 shot at 5:19. Luke Babcock '19 also earned an assist on the goal.
- Bennett Morrison would bring the home team to within one goal at 18:18 in the second as his wrist shot found the back of the net to make the score 3-2. Neil Conway was given an assist on Morrison's sixth goal of the season.
- Hamilton would tie the game at three on a goal by Conor Lamberti, as he took a pass from Sterling Bray at 10:34 in the third period and put the shot into the back of the net.
- Jancze would regain the lead for Wesleyan just a few minutes later as he laced a shot past Continentals' goaltender, Evan Buitenhuis at 12:18. Freshmen Spencer Fox and Tyler Wyatt were given assists on Jancze's second goal on the year.
- Nick Ursitti would tie the game at four with a goal at 15:04. Ian Nichols and Morrison earned assists on the score.
- With 1:30 left in the game, Ursitti would score his second goal of the period to give Hamilton the 5-4 advantage. Ursitti was able to get the puck past Sprigings off passes from T.J. Daigler and Conway.
- The Cardinals would pull Sprigings for the extra attacker, but the Continentals would hold on for the 5-4 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In his final game between the pipes, Sprigings made 26 saves. For his career, he has made 2,168 saves and finishes with a save percentage of 90.4.
- Kline's assist gives him 42 for his career. Overall he finishes his four years with 83 points (41 goals, 42 assists) in 99 games played. This season saw him score a career-high 26 points.
- Conway's two assists give him 18 on the season.
- Buitenhuis finished the game with 26 saves to earn his 16th win.
- That concludes an extraordinary season for the Wesleyan which saw it tie the team record for most wins in a season with 13, while increasing its win total by an impressive 11 games from last season.
- Hamilton will take on Trinity in the finals at 2 p.m. tomorrow.