Men’s Ice Hockey Cruises to 8-2 Win at Post

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

SHELTON, Conn. – Forwards Dylan Holze and Walker Harris finished with four points apiece for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team during an 8-2 triumph over Post University on Sunday afternoon in Shelton, Conn.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Junior defenseman Chris White turned on the goal light for the first time this season with the game-winning tally at the 8:45 mark of the second period, assisted by Harris, as Wesleyan (4-1-3, 1-1-2 NESCAC) claimed a 3-1 lead.
  • The Cardinals kept piling on, scoring the next five goals, as they took an 8-1 lead on Harris's sixth goal of the year at the 8:22 mark of the third with junior captain Chad Malinowski chipping in with an assist. Harris finished the game with two goals and a pair of assists, as the Boulder, Colo. native has 11 points in eight games during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • The Cardinals scored an astonishing six goals in the second with Malinowski reeling off a power-play marker 57 seconds into the frame off passes by Harris and senior forward Cam McCusker. Post (0-11) trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on an even-strength goal by freshman forward Jake Raleigh with 17:46 remaining in the period.
  • Thirty-six seconds after White's game winner, senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze found the back of the net, assisted by Holze (one goal, three assists) and senior defenseman Marty Rubin (three assists). Holze leads the team with 13 points on seven goals and six assists this winter.
  • Harris netted his first tally of the afternoon with 7:40 on the clock in the second, with assists credited to Holze and Rubin again. Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt found nylon at the 13:19 mark of the second thanks to assists by sophomore forward Spencer Fox and Holze, as Wesleyan built a 6-1 cushion. Those three skaters continue to be a nightmare for opposing teams to guard, as they have combined for 33 points this season.
  • Sophomore forward Tyler Kobryn ended the scoring in the second with his first power-play goal of the season at the 18:34 mark, and junior forward Luke Babcock picked up his third assist of the year on the tally.
  • Holze gave the visitors the lead for good one minute, 28 seconds into the tilt on assists by Rubin and Wyatt. The Eagles capped the scoring with a last-minute goal by sophomore forward Tyler Hackett with six seconds left in the third.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Cardinals continue to receive exceptional goaltending, as junior George Blinick (3-1-0) earned the win in between the pipes, making 15 saves in 40 minutes. Sophomore goalie Matt Huston saw his first action of the year for Wesleyan, as he turned away 12-of-13 shots in the final 20 minutes.
  • Freshman goalie Nick Levesque (0-1-0) made a game-high 38 saves in defeat for Post, as the programs squared off for the first-time ever.
  • Wesleyan went 2-for-5 on power-play opportunities, and shut the door during the Eagles' three man-advantage scenarios.
  • The visitors held a 46-29 advantage in shots on goal, including marks of 18-10 and 18-6 in the first and second periods, respectively. Post outshot Wesleyan, 13-10, during the third period.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will take on Saint Michael's in non-conference action on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in Colchester, Vt.