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Four Unanswered Goals Lift Cardinals Past Continentals, 4-2

Tim Sestak recorded his 1,000th career-save during the win (Lianne Yun '18).
Tim Sestak recorded his 1,000th career-save during the win (Lianne Yun '18).

CLINTON, N.Y. -  The Wesleyan men's hockey team scored four unanswered goals to lift the Cardinals past Hamilton (8-8-2, 6-4-2) on Saturday. With the win, Wesleyan sets a new program record for most NESCAC wins in a season with 10, as the previous record was nine set in 2006-07. The Cardinals improve to 12-4-2 overall and 10-0-2 in conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Continentals opened the scoring at the 10:17 mark after an initial shot by Joey Moore was denied by Cardinal netminder Tim Sestak. Nick Ursitti collected the rebound and snuck the puck past Sestak for the 1-0 edge.
  • With 37 seconds remaining in the first when Hamilton's Moore-Ursitti duo struck again. Moore sent a pass back to Ursitti, who blasted a shot into the upper right corner, making it 2-0 heading into intermission.
  • Wesleyan responded just 55 seconds into the second period, cutting the deficit to one on a power play. Walker Harris one-timed a pass from Spencer Fox inside the near post to make it 2-1.
  • The Cardinals wasted little time finding the equalizer, scoring just 23 seconds later. Tyler Wyatt worked the puck around the goal line, before backhanding it into the upper right corner to knot the game 2-2.
  • Wesleyan's Harris took advantage of a Hamilton turnover, before skating end-to-end and tucking the puck under the crossbar for the 3-2 lead with 12:58 expired. The shorthanded goal was Harris' team-leading 13th of the season.
  • The Cardinals added their fourth and final goal at the 18:31 mark of the third period when Tyler Levine's wrister from the high slot found the back of the net, making it 4-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak made his 1,000th career-save this evening, recording 24 stops to pick up the win.
  • Hamilton's Anthony Tirabassi suffered the loss in net making 24 saves for the Continentals.
  • Wesleyan held a slight edge in shots (28-26) during the victory.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are idle until Friday when they travel to Middlebury for a 7:00 p.m. start, before heading to Williams on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. game.