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Late Goal Lifts Aurora Past Wesleyan, 4-3

Tyler Wyatt scored the equalizer (3-3) with just under two minutes remaining (Lianne Yun '18)
Tyler Wyatt scored the equalizer (3-3) with just under two minutes remaining (Lianne Yun '18)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In a hard fought contest, the Wesleyan men's hockey team (2-2-0) was edged by Aurora, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals knotted the game at 3-3 with just under two minutes to play, but the Spartans (5-3-0) scored with 16 seconds remaining in regulation and were able to run out the clock to hang on for the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan wasted little time getting on the board, scoring just 2:41 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Tyler Levine capitalized on a breakaway opportunity, finding the bottom left of the net for his first career-goal.
  • The Spartans knotted the game 1-1 at the 14:21 mark when Anthony Tzveyn tucked the puck inside the right pipe.
  • Aurora added a tally when Jacob Holmers blasted a shot home from the top of the left faceoff circle, making it 2-1 at the 17:04 mark.
  • The Spartans extended their lead to 3-1 after Connor Chilton collected a loose puck behind the Cardinal goal. Larry Jungwirth one-timed Chilton's pass into the net with 52 seconds remaining in the frame.
  • Wesleyan answered at the 16:41 mark of the second period when Walker Harris redirected a shot by Andy Espinoza from the right faceoff circle, cutting the deficit to one (3-2).
  • The Cardinals found the equalizer 18:55 into the third period after an initial shot by Chad Malinowski. Spencer Fox collected the rebound, before Tyler Wyatt tipped home Fox's shot to knot the game 3-3.
  • Aurora's Riley Doyon found the back of the goal through traffic for the 4-3 edge with just 16 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for Wesleyan, the Spartans were able to run out the final seconds and hang on for the win.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan held a 36-26 advantage in shots during the contest.
  • Tim Sestak made 20 saves in goal for the Cardinals, while Jake Gwillim had 33 stops to pick up the win in net for the Spartans.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will host Little Three rival Amherst on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., before entertaining Hamilton on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.