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Cardinals Break Out to an Early 2-0 Lead, but Fall to Little Three Rival Williams, 4-3

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.- The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team took on NESCAC leading Williams College on Saturday afternoon at Spurrier-Snyder Rink. The Cardinals were able to break out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Ephs answered with 4 unanswered goals of their own and went on to defeat Wesleyan 4-3.

Wesleyan: 2-10-8, 2-5-7 NESCAC
Williams: 14-4-1, 10-2-1 NESCAC


  • The Cardinals scored two first period goals for the third time this season.
  • The Ephs answered right back in the second period with three unanswered goals of their own, including a short handed goal.
  • The Cardinals converted on the power play in the third period to bring the Williams lead to one.
  • With under a minute remaining and Wesleyan with an empty net, the Ephs were issued a roughing penalty giving the Cardinals a six on four advantage. Wesleyan was unable to convert and Williams was able to escape with a 4-3 victory. 


  • Senior Jaren Taenaka, who had the game-tying goal in last night's game,  got Wesleyan on the board as he took the pass from Alex Carlacci '16 and put it past Williams' net minder, Noah Klag. 
  • Cam McCusker '18 gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead at 16:09 in the first. The goal was assisted by Cole Morrissete '19 and Terence Durkin '16.
  • Williams regained momentum as Roberto Cellini took a pass from Tyler Young, and was able to get one past Cardinals' net minder Dawson Sprigings' 17 at the 7:19 mark of the second period. 
  • The Ephs got even with a Greg Johnson goal at 10:50 in the second. Johnson was able to take the pass from Frankie Mork and get the puck past Sprigings. Roberto Cellini was also credited with an assist on the goal.
  • On a penalty for too many men, Williams was able to get a  short handed goal for their third of the period as Young was able to lift the puck over the Wesleyan defender who went down to block it, and Young's shot found its way over the shoulder of Sprigings to give the Ephs a 3-2 lead.
  • In the third period, Williams was able to extend their lead to two as Cellini netted his second of the day at 7:17 in the third. Young and David Italiano were given assists on the play.
  • The Cardinals were able to convert on the power play to get to within one of the Ephs as Vincent Lima '19 took a pass from Andy Espinoza '19 and got it pass Klag with 14:35 gone by in the third.
  • With 20 seconds left in the game and Sprigings on the bench, Williams was issued a roughing penalty to give the Cardinals a prime chance to tie the game, playing six on four hockey. Wesleyan got a few scoring chances, but couldn't sneak one past Klag to tie the game, and Williams went on to record their 14th victory of the year by a score of 4-3.
  • The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, Feb. 13 as they travel to Bowdoin to take on the Polar Bears at 3 p.m.
  • The Ephs next play on Thursday, Feb. 11 as they host Middlebury College at 7 p.m.
Cardinals Fall to Bowdoin, 8-2
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