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Cardinals Cruise to 5-2 Victory Over Post

Tyler Kobyrn scored twice during the 5-2 victory (Jonas Powell '18).
Tyler Kobyrn scored twice during the 5-2 victory (Jonas Powell '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -  The Wesleyan men's hockey team cruised to a 5-2 victory over Post (5-11-0) on Tuesday evening. The game marks the third-straight win for the Cardinals, as they improve to 10-4-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan looked to open the scoring just 56 seconds into the game, but Walker Harris' shot from the doorstep was denied by Post goaltender Brandon Brown.
  • The Eagles got on the board with eight minutes expired during a power play. Noah Wild collected a loose puck behind the goal, before sending it to John Krapian on the right post who snuck it into the net for the 1-0 edge.
  • The Cardinals answered at the 11:57 mark when Tyler Kobryn tipped-in a shot by Vincent Lima, making it 1-1.
  • Wesleyan took a 2-1 advantage with 15:04 expired during a power play. Mike Yablong one-timed a pass from Tyler Wyatt, before tucking the puck under the crossbar.
  • Out of the break, Post knotted the game 2-2 with 7:13 expired in the second. Lucas Smith intercepted a pass in transition before sending the puck to Wild who's shot from the high slot found the back of the goal.
  • The Cardinals responded at the 10:30 mark when Stephen O'Connor collected the rebound after an initial shot by Hunter Vannier was denied, before sneaking the puck past netminder Brown, making it 3-2.
  • Wesleyan wasted little time out of the break, scoring just 1:51 into the third period when Kobryn tucked the puck inside the left post to make it 4-2.
  • Post looked to take advantage of a five-on-two situation beginning at the 8:37 mark, but a strong Wesleyan defense was able to kill the power play opportunity.
  • The Cardinals extended their lead to 5-2 with 12:16 expired when Walker Harris found the back of the net from the slot.
  • The Eagles had a great opportunity to cut the deficit to 5-3 with 4:56 remaining, but Smith's shot hit the crossbar and careened away.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Matt Huston picked up the win in net for the Cardinals, making 17 saves, while Brown recorded 33 stops for the Eagles.
  • Wesleyan held a 38-19 advantage in shots during the contest.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals continue conference play on Friday at Little Three rival Amherst (7:00 p.m.), before heading the Hamilton on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. start.