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No. 15 Wesleyan Claims Little Three Title With 2-1 OT Win At Williams

Andy Espinoza scored the game-winner in overtime (Lianne Yun '18).
Andy Espinoza scored the game-winner in overtime (Lianne Yun '18).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -  The No. 15 Wesleyan men's hockey team (14-4-2, 12-0-2) scored with 10 seconds remaining in overtime to triumph 2-1 over Williams (13-6-1, 9-4-1) on Saturday. With the win, the Cardinals claim the Little Three title and extend their win streak to seven.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Ephs had two quality opportunities to get on the board during the opening minutes, but both Nick Altmann and Marcus Mollica's shots hit the pipe and careened away.
  • Williams scored a shorthanded goal 16:19 into the contest when Nick Altmann one-timed a pass from Keanu Hilaire, making it 1-0.
  • Altmann had a chance to increased the Eph lead to 2-0 with 9:20 expired in the second, but his wrist shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted away from the goal.
  • Wesleyan held a slight edge in shots (9-8) during the second period, but were unable to capitalize on any opportunity.
  • The Cardinals answered with just 1:04 remaining in the third period when Walker Harris's wrister found the back of the goal, knotting the game 1-1 to send it into overtime. The tally was Harris' team-leading 15th of the season.
  • During the extra stanza, Williams had a chance to score during a power play, but Wesleyan held the Ephs to just one shot as they were able to kill the penalty.
  • The Cardinals found the game-winner with just 10 seconds left in the extra frame when Andy Espinoza one-timed a rebound after an initial shot by Tyler Wyatt was denied.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Tim Sestak made 33 stops to pick up the win in net for the Cardinals.
  • Pinios also had 33 saves during the contest.
  • Wesleyan held a slight edge in shots (35-34) during the contest.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will host Bowdoin on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before entertaining Colby on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.