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Three Third Period Goals Propel Men’s Hockey Past Hamilton 5-2

Stephen O'Connor scored his first career-goal during the win (Jonas Powell '18).
Stephen O'Connor scored his first career-goal during the win (Jonas Powell '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team scored three times in the third period to propel them past Hamilton (3-2-1, 0-2-1). With the 5-2 win, the Cardinals improve to 3-2-1 and 3-0-1 in the NESCAC.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Continentals wasted little time finding the back of the net, scoring just 2:12 in on a power-play when Sterling Bray redirected an initial shot by Jon Stickel for the 1-0 lead.  
  • Wesleyan responded at the 12:10 mark when Tyler Kobryn one-timed Vincent Lima's pass from the slot, knotting the game at 1-1.
  • The Cardinals had a great chance to take the lead with just 23 seconds remaining in the frame, but Hamilton's goalie Anthony Tirabassi made a glove save to deny Tyler Wyatt's opportunity, as the teams skated into the break tied 1-1.
  • Wesleyan took a 2-1 edge 4:31 into the second period when Stephen O'Connor tipped in a shot by Hunter Vannier. The tally was O'Connor's first career goal.
  • Hamilton looked for the equalizer at the 9:57 mark, but Rory Gagnon's wrap-around attempt was thwarted by Cardinal goaltender Tim Sestak.
  • At the 17:22 mark, Vannier looked to extend Wesleyan's lead on a breakaway attempt, but netminder Tirabassi denied the chance, keeping the Continentals within striking distance at the end of the second.
  • The Cardinals came out of the break strong, scoring two goals in the first 2:44. The first goal came at the 1:48 mark when Sean Ross tucked the puck under the crossbar for the 3-1 advantage. Just 56 seconds later, Jordan Rose found the back of the goal on a breakaway, extending the Wesleyan lead to three (4-1).
  • Hamilton answered just 15 seconds later when Bray collected the rebound after an initial shot by Nick Rutigliano, before sneaking the puck past Sestak to make it 4-2.
  • Wesleyan scored its fifth and final goal of the game at the 16:53 mark when Lima capitalized on an empty net, making it 5-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak picked up the win in goal for the Cardinals, making 31 saves, while Tirabassi had 25 stops during the contest.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will play its final game before winter break on Saturday as they travel to Stonehill for a 5:10 p.m. start.