MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team rallied from a two-goal hole in the third period to earn an all-important 3-3 tie in the NESCAC standings against visiting Tufts on Saturday afternoon at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior forward Dylan Holze rose to the occasion for the Cardinals (0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC), bringing the hosts to within one at 3-2 with 12:20 left in the third, as he netted his third goal of the season. Senior assistant captain and forward Jordan Jancze electrified the crowd with his second goal of the afternoon, which equalized the score at the 10:31 mark, and the play developed off a strong pass from junior captain and defenseman Chad Malinowski.
- The Jumbos (0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) opened the scoring with 7:37 left in the opening period, thanks to freshman forward Charley Borek's first collegiate goal. Freshman forward Edward Hannon and senior forward Brian Brown picked up their first assists of the year on the tally.
- Jancze put the Cardinals on the board with a power-play tally 4:18 into the second, while freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi picked up his second assist of the season, and junior forward Vincent Lima notched his first helper of the campaign.
- Tufts built a two-goal cushion in the matter of 59 seconds during the middle of the second with a pair of power-play markers, as the first one occurred on a 5-on-3 situation. Freshman defenseman Craig Uyeno recorded his first collegiate goal at the 7:42 mark, and then with 11:19 left in the period, sophomore forward Machlan Sawden put his first goal of the year into the back of the net, assisted by freshman forward Brendan Ryan.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman goalie Drew Hotte (0-0-1) was strong in his first collegiate start for Tufts, finishing with a game-high 32 saves. Sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (0-0-1) was impressive in between the pipes for Wesleyan, registering 28 saves, including coming up with three huge stops in the five-minute overtime session.
- Tufts was exceptional all afternoon on special teams, going 2-for-3 on the man advantage, and holding Wesleyan to a 1-for-9 effort on the power play. Wesleyan held a slight advantage in shots, 35-31, including an 11-7 edge during the third-period push.
- The rivalry between Wesleyan and Tufts dates all the way back to the 1986-87 season, and the Cardinals narrowly lead the series with a 19-18-3 mark. During the 2016-17 season, the home team prevailed in both games, with Tufts grabbing a 4-2 triumph on Nov. 19, and Wesleyan countering with a 4-1 win on Jan. 21.
- Wesleyan will compete in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 25, against Franklin Pierce (4 p.m.) at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.