Men’s Ice Hockey Secures First Win of Season during 4-0 Triumph over Franklin Pierce

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Four players registered multi-point games for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon during a 4-0 win over visiting Franklin Pierce at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Cardinals (1-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) utilized a complete team effort with eight people tallying at least one point, as the hosts posted their first win of the 2017-18 season.
  • Wesleyan was all over Ravens senior goalie Tom McGuckin in the first period, but the Clayton, N.J. native stood tall during many situations, and turned all 14 attempts aside. The Cardinals kept coming with the pressure in the middle period, throwing another 14 shots on target – the only difference was that this time, three found the back of the net.
  • Senior captain Theo Tydingco notched his first goal of the season, as his 5-on-3 tally at the 4:04 mark stood as the game-winning marker. Sophomore forward Walker Harris and senior forward Cam McCusker used a pair of quick passes to give Tydingco enough time to launch a bullet into the goal.
  • Harris, who compiled an outstanding rookie campaign with nine goals and 12 assists last winter, sent a puck over the goal line for the first time this season at the 8:45 mark, with senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze and McCusker picking up assists.
  • Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt continues to play an impressive brand of hockey this winter, as he notched his second goal of the season with 2:49 left in the second on assists by senior defenseman Marty Rubin and senior forward Dylan Holze. Wyatt also has three assists on the year, which is the most by any Cardinal, and his five points are tied for first on the team with Holze.
  • Holze was not done showcasing his immense skill set, as he netted the final goal at the 14:21 mark of the third. Sophomore forward Spencer Fox and Wyatt contributed with assists, as Wesleyan stayed perfect with a 2-0 all-time record against the Ravens (2-6-0, 1-2-0 NE10).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Junior goalie George Blinick (1-1-0) earned his first win and shutout of the season with a 20-save performance. The Lawrenceville, N.J. native finished with a trio of shutouts during the 2016-17 campaign.
  • McGuckin was charged with the loss, finishing with 32 saves on 36 shots. The hosts outshot the visitors, 14-5, in the first and 14-6 in the second. The Ravens increased their pressure in the final 20 minutes, holding a 9-8 edge in shots.
  • Wesleyan went 1-for-4 on the power play, and the Cardinals slammed the door shut during the Ravens' three extra-man opportunities.
  • Wesleyan has outscored Franklin Pierce, 12-1, during the two meetings, as the Cardinals downed the Ravens, 8-1, on Nov. 27, 2016, during the first-ever encounter between the programs.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will stay at home for a 4 p.m. tilt against Plymouth State on Sunday at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.