Men’s Ice Hockey Battles Amherst to 3-3 Tie on Saturday

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

AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals, and senior forward Dylan Holze scored during a short-handed situation in a 3-3 tie against Little Three-rival Amherst on Saturday evening at Orr Rink in Amherst, Mass.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Cardinals (1-1-3, 0-1-2 NESCAC) dug themselves an early 1-0 hole in the first period, but then the visitors rose to the occasion with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead with 14:58 left in regulation.
  • Senior assistant captain and forward Jordan Jancze, who has three goals and one assist during the 2017-18 season, evened the game at 1-1, beating Mammoths senior netminder Connor Girard (0-1-2) top shelf at the 16:45 mark of the second on junior forward Vincent Lima's second assist of the season.
  • Wesleyan exited the locker room for the third period hungry for more – as the squad was not complacent with evening the score – and the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead 46 seconds into the frame on Holze's team-leading sixth goal of the year. Holze and sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt attacked the net on a 2-on-1 break, and Wyatt sent an excellent to the left post, which Holze buried into the net. Wyatt now has a team-high five assists on the season.
  • Holze, Wyatt and sophomore forward Spencer Fox have been nothing short of outstanding as a line this winter, as the group has compiled 19 points in five games.
  • The visitors found the back of the net on a 5-on-3 situation, and this time, the goal was scored by sophomore forward Walker Harris, assisted by senior captain Theo Tydingco and Holze, as Wesleyan extended its lead to 3-1 at the 5:02 mark.
  • The Mammoths (2-1-2, 0-0-2 NESCAC) answered with a penalty-shot goal by sophomore forward P.J. Conlon at the 6:24 mark, and then senior captain and defenseman Patrick Mooney generated the equalizer with an even-strength goal for the hosts with 5:59 left in regulation.
  • Senior forward Thomas Lindstrom opened the scoring for Amherst on the man advantage with a one-timer into the top right corner of the goal at the 13:14 mark of the first, assisted by sophomore forward Patrick Daly.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (0-0-3) was sensational in net for Wesleyan, compiling a season-high 38 stops, including 14 in the second and five during the overtime period. Girard posted 15 saves for Amherst.
  • Wesleyan won 35 of 65 faceoffs led by a 16-for-28 performance by Harris, while Wyatt went 10-for-18 in the dot. Lindstrom also went 10-for-18 in the circle for Amherst.
  • Sophomore forward Joey Lupo led all players with nine shots for the Mammoths. Amherst was ticketed with 10 minor penalties, and Wesleyan was whistled on seven occasions. The Mammoths went 1-for-5 on the advantage and the Cardinals tallied a 1-for-8 showing.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will face a tough task tomorrow, as they will face off against No. 8 Hamilton at 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.