MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team finished off a perfect weekend on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 triumph over Little Three-rival Williams, as the Cardinals struck twice on the man advantage at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (11-5-4, 7-4-3 NESCAC) avenged a 3-2 setback to the Ephs (10-10-0, 6-8-0 NESCAC) on Jan. 7 in Williamstown, Mass., as sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt recorded the game-winning tally at the 6:06 mark of the first, assisted by sophomore forward Spencer Fox.
- Wesleyan kept its foot on the accelerator, and extended its lead to 2-0 with 6:04 left in the second on the power play. Junior captain Chad Malinowski sent a pass over to sophomore forward Walker Harris in the left circle, and then Harris rifled a shot on net, which created a rebound. Senior forward Dylan Holze crashed the net, and tipped the pick into the net.
- Williams tried to turn the tide with a great deal of pressure in the opening minutes of the third, and nearly trimmed the deficit to one with 19:30 remaining, but freshman forward Nick VanBelle's shot ricocheted off the post.
- Holze nearly extended the Cardinals lead to 3-0 at the 4:12 mark of the final frame, as he weaved through the defense, and sent a shot from the left circle off the right pipe.
- Wesleyan put the game in safe hands with outstanding execution on the power play with 3:42 left in regulation. Junior defenseman Sean Ross ripped a pass from the left point onto senior forward Cam McCucker's stick in the right circle, and then McCusker immediately sent a pass in front of the crease to senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze, who flicked the puck pass the goal line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- For the first time this season, the Cardinals posted a shutout victory in conference action. Sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (7-3-4) recorded his first shutout win as a Cardinal with a 21-save outing, as he also posted a shutout during a 0-0 draw against Little Three-rival Amherst on Jan. 27.
- Holze (14 goals, 10 assists) and Wyatt (eight goals, 15 assists) rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, in points within the NESCAC.
- Williams junior goalie Michael Pinios (5-5-0) posted a game-high 35 stops in the loss. Wesleyan held a 38-21 lead in shots, including a 20-4 cushion in the second.
- Wesleyan went 2-for-3 on the advantage, and slammed the door shut during the Ephs' three power-play opportunities.
- Jancze won 6-of-10 draws for Wesleyan, and Harris posted a 9-for-18 showing. Senior captain Colby Cretella went 15-of-17 in the circle for the visitors.
- The Cardinals will hit the road for a 7 p.m. NESCAC tilt on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine.