BRUNSWICK, Maine – Six different players registered a point for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team on Saturday evening, but Bowdoin scored a pair of late goals, including the game winner with 6:30 remaining in regulation during a 4-3 triumph at Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was knotted at 2-2 heading into the third, and Cardinals junior forward Luke Babcock came up with a huge goal at the 5:40 mark. Junior forward Andy Espinoza fired a shot on target from the right circle, and Babcock crashed the net and corralled the rebound, before skating toward his left and flicking a shot pass the goal line.
- The Polar Bears (8-13-0, 5-10-0 NESCAC), who already overcame a two-goal deficit in the second, kept fighting and evened the game at 3-3 with 7:53 on the clock, as senior forward Spencer Antunez redirected a shot pass Cardinals sophomore goalie Tim Sestak. One minute, 23 seconds later, Bowdoin freshman defenseman Bradley Ingersoll posted the game-winning marker, scoring from the right doorstep. The play originated with a pass by senior forward Matthew Lison in the left circle, as he was falling down to sophomore forward Pat Geary, who ripped a pass over to Ingersoll.
- The Cardinals (11-6-4, 7-5-3 NESCAC) went up 1-0 at the 13:23 mark of the first period on senior forward Dylan Holze's NESCAC-leading 15th goal of the season. The Lynbrook, N.Y. native drove hard to the net down the right wing, and found nylon on a backhand shot from a difficult angle, beating Polar Bears freshman goalie Alex Zafonte short side.
- Wesleyan, which defeated Bowdoin, 2-1, on Jan. 12 thanks to junior defenseman Sean Ross's game winner with four seconds left, extended its lead to 2-0 at the 6:13 mark of the second. Freshman forward Cameron Peritz carried the puck down the right side of the zone on a 3-on-2, and sent a pass toward the middle of the ice, which was redirected into the back of the net by senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze.
- Bowdoin pulled with one, as sophomore defenseman Sam Topham sent a pass from the point down to the lower left circle onto the stick of Antunez. He then blasted a pass across the crease to sophomore forward Ronnie Lestan, who buried the puck into the net.
- With 2:26 remaining in the second, junior forward Cody Todesco found the back of the net, as the Polar Bears' strong forecheck caused a Cardinals' turnover. Lestan was credited with an assist on the scoring play, as the game sat at 2-2 heading into the second intermission.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Zafonte (5-5-0) was credited with the win in net, turning away 18 shots, while Sestak (7-4-4) denied a game-high 25 attempts.
- Bowdoin led the shots-on-goal category, 29-21, and won 37-of-64 faceoffs. Each team went 0-for-2 on the power play.
- Sophomore forward Walker Harris went 13-of-26 in the circle for Wesleyan, and Peritz chipped in with a 5-for-9 effort. Senior forward Camil Blanchet won 17-of-23 faceoffs for the hosts.
- Bowdoin improved to 21-7-4 all time against Wesleyan, but the Cardinals were victorious in the three previous matchups dating back to Jan. 13, 2017.
- The Cardinals will be back on the ice Sunday for a 3 p.m. NESCAC matchup against Colby in Waterville, Maine.