CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team pulled out a huge road win on Sunday afternoon, as forwards Tyler Wyatt and Spencer Fox each tallied two points during a 5-3 triumph over No. 8-ranked Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (2-1-3, 1-1-2 NESCAC) picked up their first road and NESCAC win of the 2017-18 season, as the squad avenged its 5-4 defeat to the Continentals (3-2-1, 0-2-1 NESCAC) last March in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament.
- Scoring the first goal is always important in hockey, especially on the road, and the Cardinals not only accomplished that feat, but did even better by netting the first three goals.
- Sophomore forward Tyler Kobryn got things rolling for Wesleyan, tallying his first goal of season at the 14:47 mark of the second, assisted by junior captain Chad Malinowski, and then 59 seconds later, freshman defenseman Matthew Zandi found the nylon on passes by Fox and Wyatt. The goal not only gave Wesleyan a 2-0 lead, but it also carried a lot more significance, as it was the first of Zandi's collegiate career.
- Fox, who has pitched in with assists on five goals this year, decided it was time to put one into the back of the net himself, as he gave the Cardinals a three-goal blanket 58 seconds into the second with assists going to sophomore Wyatt and senior forward Dylan Holze. The line, featuring Fox, Wyatt and Holze continues to give opponents nightmares, as it has compiled 24 points during the 2017-18 campaign.
- Hamilton scored two of the next three goals, as sophomore forward Nick Ursitti put the hosts on the board with 1:01 remaining in the second. Senior forward Cam McCusker allowed the Cardinals to regain their three-goal advantage with the game winner at the 8:02 mark of the third, but then a power-play goal by senior captain Brandon Willett cut Wesleyan's lead to 4-2 with still 9:34 on the clock.
- The Cardinals took a penalty with 3:23 left, and Hamilton elected to pull its netminder for a 6-on-4 advantage down by two. Senior assistant captain Jordan Jancze proceeded to put the game out of reach on a goal with 3:11 remaining. Freshman defenseman Josh Labonte rounded out the scoring with an even-strength tally at the 18:58 mark for Hamilton.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan defeated Hamilton for the first time since an 11-3 blowout on Jan. 26, 2013. Sophomore goalie Tim Sestak (1-0-3) earned his first victory as a Cardinal with a season-high 45 stops. Senior goalie Evan Buitenhuis registered 27 saves for the Continentals.
- Hamilton went 48-of-80 in the faceoff circle, led by a 13-for-16 performance by senior forward T.J. Daigler. Sophomore forward Walker Harris won 14 of his 30 faceoffs for the visitors.
- Wyatt, Malinowski and junior forward Luke Babcock each posted four shots for Wesleyan, and junior forward Rory Gagnon led all skaters with 11 shots for Hamilton.
- Wesleyan was sent to the box five times for a total of 10 penalty minutes, and Hamilton was ticketed on three occasions for six minutes. Hamilton went 1-for-5 on the advantage, and Wesleyan was unsuccessful during its three power-play opportunities.
- The Cardinals will return home for a 4 p.m. out-of-conference matchup against Hamilton on Saturday at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.