MIDDLEBURY, Vt. –Freshman forward Cameron Peritz recorded his first collegiate goal and four players compiled multi-point games for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team, as the Cardinals downed NESCAC-foe Middlebury, 6-1, on Saturday evening in Middlebury, Vt.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan (6-1-3, 2-1-2 NESCAC) was led by senior forward Dylan Holze (one goal, one assist), junior forward Vincent Lima (two goals), senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze (two assists) and junior forward Andy Espinoza (two assists).
- Holze opened the scoring at the 6:11 mark of the first on a shot into the top-right corner, as he tallied his second short-handed goal of the year with one second remaining on sophomore forward Spencer Fox's two-minute minor penalty for high-sticking. Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt picked up his team-high ninth assist of the season on the tally.
- Less than two minutes later, senior forward Cam McCusker extended the Cardinals' lead to 2-0 at the 7:53 mark on his second goal of the campaign, as sophomore forward Walker Harris ripped a shot on goal, and then McCusker buried the rebound. Harris picked up his sixth assist on the scoring play.
- Middlebury (3-8-0, 1-6-0 NESCAC) tried to claw its way back into the game, as the squad received a much-needed boost on freshman forward Alex Heinritz's first collegiate goal with 17:26 left in the second on assists by sophomore forwards Danny Tighe and Trevor Turnbull. Tighe tested Cardinals sophomore goalie Tim Sestak with a shot from the right circle, which created a rebound toward the left post, and Heinritz tipped it into the goal.
- The Cardinals, who are cruising on a five-game winning streak and a nine-game undefeated stint, capped the contest with four unanswered goals.
- Lima found the back of net for the first this winter 46 seconds after Heinritz's goal. One goal was not sufficient for the Summit, N.J. native, as he found nylon again with 1:07 on the clock in the second frame. Jancze and Espinoza contributed with the assists on both tallies.
- Peritz, who has been playing a strong brand of hockey for the Cardinals during his rookie campaign, extended Wesleyan's lead to 5-1 with two minutes, 40 seconds elapsed in the third, as he sent a shot off the inside of the right post with assists credited to freshman forward Jordan Rose and junior defenseman Chris White.
- Fox, who has helped set up eight goals this winter for the Cardinals, fired the puck past the goal line from the right circle for the second time this season, thanks to passes by Holze and freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sestak (3-0-3) continues to be a reliable option in net for Wesleyan, as he denied 28-of-29 shots, and the Darien, Conn. native maintains a .931 goals-against average on the year.
- Holze (nine goals, eight assists) and Wyatt (five goals, nine assists) have compiled 17 and 14 points, respectively, this winter, which ranks No. 1 and 2 within the entire NESCAC.
- Neither team was able to take advantage of power-play opportunities, as Wesleyan went 0-for-3 on the man advantage and Middlebury was not able to score during four power plays.
- Harris went 14-for-23 in the faceoff dot for the visitors, while Wyatt was victorious in 9-of-16 draws. For the Panthers, senior forward Vincent Gisonti went 14-for-20 in the circle, and sophomore forward Owen Powers controlled 13-of-24 faceoffs.
- Wesleyan collected its fifth all-time win against Middlebury, as the rivalry dates back all the way to the 1973-74 season. The teams split the two meetings last year, and the squads will meet up again on Feb. 2 for a 7 p.m. puck drop in Middletown, Conn.
- The Cardinals will compete against Little Three-rival Williams on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Williamstown, Mass.