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Men’s Hockey Falls to Saint Anselm, 4-1, in Home Opener

Sean Ross scored the lone-goal for the Cardinals (Lianne Yun '18)
Sean Ross scored the lone-goal for the Cardinals (Lianne Yun '18)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's ice hockey team (2-1-0) fell to Saint Anselm (6-4-0) during it's home opener, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • After a scoreless first period, the visitors came out of the gates strong, scoring just 2:42 into the second frame. Sean Verrier crossed the puck from the left faceoff circle into the slot, where Trey Aiello one-timed it into the upper right for the 1-0 lead.
  • The hawks had a chance to add a second tally just 1:05 later, but Aiello's shot hit the pipe and Wesleyan's netminder George Blinick was able to clear it away.
  • The Cardinals looked for the equalizer at the 8:01 mark, but Hawk goalie Michael Soustal denied Tyler Levine's opportunity with a glove save.
  • Saint Anselm's Michael Foggia found the back of the goal at the 13:12 mark of the second period when his blast from the left faceoff circle tucked just inside the left pipe for the 2-0 advantage.
  • Wesleyan cut the deficit to one just 2:11 into the third period when Tyler Wyatt collected the puck behind the visitor's goal, and sent a pass to Sean Ross in the slot. Ross one-timed the feed from the doorstep to make it 2-1.
  • Saint Anselm responded at the 10:31 mark when Aiello one-timed a pass in the high slot, sneaking it just inside the right pipe for the 3-1 lead.
  • Hawk's Aiello scored his third goal of the game at the 18:36 mark on an empty net, as Saint Anselm came away with the 4-1 win over the Cardinals.   

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Blinick suffered the loss in goal for Wesleyan, making 16 saves during the game, while Soustal recorded 28 stops to pick up the win.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan entertains Aurora tomorrow at 4:00 p.m., before returning to NESCAC play on Friday when they host Amherst at 7:00 p.m.