SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits on Wednesday evening against Saint Michael's, and then junior captain Chad Malinowski tallied the game-winning goal at the 3:28 mark in overtime during a 3-2 Cardinals' win in South Burlington, Vt.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan (5-1-3, 1-1-2 NESCAC) is riding a four-game winning streak and is undefeated in eight consecutive games, while Saint Michael's fell to 6-6-1 overall.
- In the extra session, a scrum in front of the net resulted in Purple Knights sophomore goalie Tim Decker losing his stick. Senior forward Dylan Holze quickly gained possession of the puck on the left attacking side, and fed a pass over to Malinowski in the right circle, as the Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. native fired the game winner into the back of the net.
- The Purple Knights drew first blood at the 2:16 mark of the opening period. Senior defenseman Nathan Foice sent a pass from his own zone onto the stick of freshman forward Ethan Hendrickson at the left attacking point. Hendrickson then carried the puck toward net, and sent a crisp centering pass to freshman forward Brandon Mitchell, who snuck a shot into the goal.
- Wesleyan, which has not lost a game since a 5-3 season-opening defeat to Connecticut College on Nov. 17, evened the score at the 7:44 mark on a goal by sophomore Tyler Wyatt. Wyatt orchestrated the play with an outstanding save at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. A few moments later, freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi carried the puck around the net, and found Wyatt on the left doorstep, and the standout forward found nylon.
- The Purple Knights regained a one-goal lead in the second period on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward John Barry with 14:07 on the clock.
- The Cardinals took advantage of a special-teams opportunity late in the frame, as Holze, who has a team-high eight goals on the year, sent a shot from the left wing into the right side of the net with 18 seconds on the scoreboard off a feed from the point by Zandi. Sophomore forward Spencer Fox also contributed with an assist on the scoring play, which knotted the game at 2-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (2-0-3) remained undefeated in net with 34 saves, as he has made 30 or more stops on four occasions during the 2017-18 season. Decker also finished with 34 stops in net for the Purple Knights.
- Wesleyan held a 37-36 advantage in shots, including a 16-8 lead during the third period and overtime. The Purple Knights outshot the Cardinals, 13-10, in the first and 15-11 during the second.
- The visitors went 1-for-4 on the advantage, and the hosts were 0-for-2 on the power play during the game.
- Freshman forward Cameron Peritz went 6-for-9 in the faceoff dot, and sophomore forward Walker Harris registered an 11-for-21 performance. Junior forward Sam D'Antuono went 17-for-30 in the circle for Saint Michael's.
- The Cardinals are 5-4-2 all time against Saint Michael's, and the group is riding a two-game winning streak in the rivalry with the last matchup coming during the 2010-11 campaign.
- The Cardinals will jump back into their NESCAC schedule on Saturday with a 7 p.m. showdown at Middlebury.