Score: Wesleyan 2, Southern Maine 0
Records: Wesleyan (2-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC), Southern Maine (4-4-0, 2-2-0 NE-10)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: Andy Espinoza '19 scored both goals as the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team shutout the University of Southern Maine, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The two teams played a scoreless first period with the Huskies holding a 12-10 advantage in shots.
- Wesleyan had a few scoring chances in the first, but were denied by Southern Maine goaltender Paul Leger.
- George Blinick '19 made nice save at 10:02 on a scoring opportunity by Parker Sanderson.
- Vincent Lima '19 would lay a pass down the boards to Espinoza, who would break free from the Huskies' defense and put the puck past Leger for the 1-0 Cardinal lead at 11:49 in the second.
- The visitors would have a two-man advantage, but Blinick made some nice saves to keep Wesleyan in the lead.
- The Cardinals had a two-man advantage of their own in the third period, but Southern Maine was able to hold the Wesleyan powerplay without a goal.
- On the penalty kill Espinoza was able to net his second goal of the game as he took the James Kline '17 pass and once again used his speed to get past the Huskies' defense and put the home team up 2-0 at 14:02 in the third.
- Blinick and the Cardinals' defense made some solid defensive plays in the final period to maintain their 2-0 advantage.
- With the extra skater, the visitors had some opportunities, however they were unable to get a solid scoring chance, and Wesleyan would claim the 2-0 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals outshot Southern Maine 34-26 in the game.
- The Wesleyan penalty kill held the Huskies power play in check, as they went 0-5 with the extra skater.
- Legre made 32 saves in the contest
- Blinick earned his first victory as a Cardinal, making 34 saves to earn the shutout victory.
- The Cardinals will return to the ice tomorrow as they will host Franklin Pierce for a 4 p.m. contest.
- The Huskies are also back in action tomorrow as they will take on Trinity at 1 p.m.