MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Eight different players posted at least one point for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals outlasted Stonehill, 4-2, in non-conference action at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (3-1-3, 1-1-2 NESCAC) are currently riding a six-game unbeaten streak, as they improved to 2-1-2 at home this year.
- The Skyhawks (4-6-1, 2-2-1 NE10) took a minor penalty four minutes into the first period, and Wesleyan did not waste any time making its way onto the scoresheet, as sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt found nylon for the third time this season at the 5:48 mark on the power play. The Cardinals never relinquished the lead after that point. Sophomore forward Spencer Fox picked up his sixth assist of the season on the tally, which is the second most on the squad, and junior captain Chad Malinowski, who has four helpers on the year, also registered an assist.
- With 7:37 left in the opening frame, sophomore forward Walker Harris sniped a shot from the left attacking side off a feed by Malinowski, extending Wesleyan's advantage to 2-0.
- Wesleyan held an 18-5 edge in shots on goal during the opening 20 minutes, but Stonehill must have felt good heading into the locker room, especially with sophomore forward Jack Scannell burying a shot from point-blank range off a turnover by the Cardinals with 2:30 on the clock in the first.
- Senior defenseman Marty Rubin could not have picked a better time to score his first goal of the season, as his game-winning marker with 3:55 left in the second gave the hosts a 3-1 lead. Stonehill answered with another timely goal, and once again, Scannell rose to the occasion with an even-strength tally at the 3:42 mark of the third, assisted by sophomore forward Ryan Meade and junior defenseman Connor Collier.
- Harris has compiled six points during the 2017-18 campaign, and he came up with his second goal of the game and fourth of the year with 8:59 left, extending Wesleyan's lead to 4-2. Harris chipped in a shot from the edge of the crease, immediately after a drive by sophomore forward Tyler Kobryn created a short rebound on the left attacking side. Freshman forward Jordan Rose grabbed his first collegiate point with an assist on the play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Cardinals junior goalie George Blinick (2-1-0) was solid in net, turning away 20 shots in the victory, including eight apiece in the second and third. Skyhawks sophomore goalie Matthew Schoen (1-1-0) denied a game-high 43 shots.
- Wesleyan was strong on special teams, going 1-for-3 on the advantage and blanking Stonehill on four of its power plays.
- Harris and Rose both registered plus-two performances for the Cardinals, and Harris, who led all skaters with eight shots on goal, also excelled in the faceoff circle, going 14-for-19. Wyatt went 9-of-15 at the dot, and freshman forward Cameron Peritz was outstanding at the circle with a 7-for-8 showing.
- Wesleyan held a 47-22 shots-on-goal advantage, and led the faceoff category by winning 36-of-56 draws.
- The Cardinals will be back in action against Post University on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1:30 p.m. in Waterbury, Conn.