MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Hamilton College men's ice hockey team scored the first two goals and final three goals during a 5-2 win over Wesleyan University on Sunday afternoon at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Continentals (11-6-1, 5-6-1 NESCAC) were ready to play from the opening whistle, putting six shots on net during the opening two minutes, 23 seconds. Sophomore forward Cameron Radziwon turned the goal light on at the 1:09 mark of the first period, sniping a shot into the top corner of the net from the right wing, assisted by junior forward Jonny Stimola. At the 2:23 mark, freshman forward Jon Beniers extended Hamilton's lead to 2-0, with assists going to freshman forward Justin Felhaber and freshman defenseman Josh Labonte.
- Wesleyan (9-5-4, 5-4-3 NESCAC) started to pepper Continentals sophomore goalie Anthony Tirabassi as the period evolved, and finally solved the netminder at the 17:20 mark on an in-close shot by freshman forward Jordan Rose, which was his first collegiate goal. Sophomore forward Tyler Kobryn came through with the assist.
- The Cardinals kept the pressure up in the second period, and junior forward Luke Babcock nearly tied the game up, but his shot with eight minutes left hit the inside of the pipe. Wesleyan knotted the game at 2-2 with 7:04 remaining, as senior forward Dylan Holze tallied his NESCAC-leading 13th goal of the season. The Lynbrook, N.Y. native's initial shot was deflected by Tirabassi, but then he stuck with the play and lifted a shot into the top of the net. Senior defenseman Marty Rubin was credited with an assist on the scoring play.
- Hamilton responded one minute, 35 seconds later at the 14:31 mark on senior forward Brandon Willett's sixth goal of the year. The game-winning goal was assisted by sophomore defenseman Sam Jones.
- At the 10:17 mark of the third, Wesleyan nearly evened the game at 3-3, but freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi's shot ricocheted off the top of the pipe.
- With 6:20 remaining in the third period, Kobryn was called for a five-minute major penalty for boarding, and Hamilton extended its lead to 4-2 on the power play with 5:58 remaining, thanks to Willett's second tally of the day, assisted by sophomore forward Sterling Bray.
- Facing a two-goal deficit, Wesleyan elected to empty its net with 4:01 remaining, and the Continentals put the game out of reach with a power-play tally by Radziwon from just outside the offensive zone at the 18:26 mark.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Tirabassi (5-4-0) was active in net for the visitors, making a game-high 34 saves, while Wesleyan sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (5-3-4) recorded 24 stops in the loss.
- Wesleyan held a 36-29 lead in shots, including a 28-18 advantage over the final two periods. During the opening 20 minutes of action, Hamilton outshot the Cardinals, 11-8.
- Hamilton went 2-for-4 on the power play, and Wesleyan was 0-for-3, as there was a total of eight penalties for 19 minutes.
- Sophomore forward Walker Harris won 14-of-22 draws for the hosts, while sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt went 8-for-15. Felhaber went 7-for-9 in the circle for the Continentals, and junior forward Rory Gagnon registered a 7-for-13 performance.
- The Cardinals will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday with a 7 p.m. matchup against NESCAC-rival Middlebury in Middletown, Conn.