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Cardinals Edge Camels, 5-4, in Season Opener

Walker Harris scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining (Photo by Lianne Yun '18).
Walker Harris scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining (Photo by Lianne Yun '18).

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's ice hockey team opened its 2018-19 season with a thrilling 5-4 NESCAC victory at Connecticut College on Friday evening. The game-winner was scored by Walker Harris with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, as the Cardinals were able to run out the clock and hang on for the win. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan wasted little time getting on the board, scoring just 3:18 into the first period. Freshman Danny Sorabella scored his first career-goal on a pass from Chad Malinowski to put Wesleyan up 1-0.
  • The visitors added another tally on a power-play at the 13:45 mark of the first period when Tyler Wyatt one-timed a pass from Matthew Zandi, making it 2-0.
  • The Camels cut the deficit to one with just 44 seconds remaining in the first period. Greg Pezza was able to sneak the puck past Wesleyan goaltender Tim Sestak during a man-up situation to make it 2-1.
  • Connecticut College found the equalizer at the 16:42 mark of the second period on a power-play when Colin Stevens hit a hard shot from the top of the left faceoff circle, knotting the game at 2-2.
  • The Camels were able to take advantage of an extra player situation 2:52 into the third period when Ryan Petti went one-on-one with Sestak, just barely sneaking the puck into the goal for the 3-2 edge.
  • Five minutes later, Wesleyan knotted the contest 3-3 on a power-play when Tyler Kobryn tucked the puck inside the post after a pass from Malinowski.
  • The Cardinals took their first lead since the first period at the 13:01 mark of the third when Chris White tucked a hard shot from the right side inside the left pipe for the 4-3 advantage.
  • Connecticut College responded just 57 seconds later when Pezza added his second goal of the game, knotting the contest 4-4.
  • Wesleyan responded at the 15:38 mark when Harris beat a defender before burying the puck in the back of the net, to put the Cardinals back on top 5-4.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak picked up the win in goal for the Cardinals, making 23 stops in the contest, while Rodericks had 14 saves for Connecticut College.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow as they travel to Tufts for a 4:00 p.m. contest. The Cardinals will return home for their home opener on Saturday, November 24th against Aurora.