WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Senior forward Dylan Holze recorded a goal and an assist in the first period for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team on Sunday afternoon, but Little Three-rival Williams outlasted the Cardinals, 3-2, in Williamstown, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With the game knotted at 2-2 heading into the second period, Ephs junior forward Roberto Cellini carried the puck behind the Cardinals' net and turned around in the left circle, and then fired a shot into the back of the net at the 3:28 mark of the second. The tally stood up as the game-winning marker with senior forward Joe Welch picking up an assist.
- The Cardinals (6-2-3, 2-2-2 NESCAC) went on the board eight minutes, 39 seconds into the first frame on Holze's team-best 10th goal of the year. The Lynbrook, N.Y. native stole a pass at center ice and made his way into the offensive zone, where he beat Williams junior goalie Michael Pinios to his blocker side.
- It did not take long for Williams (7-4-0, 6-2-0 NESCAC) to respond, as Welch found the back of the net at the 9:48 mark on assists by Cellini and senior forward David Italiano.
- On the power play later in the first period, Italiano slammed a one-timer on target from the right circle, and then senior forward C.J. Shugart won a puck battle in front of the crease, as he deposited the rebound into the net, giving Williams the lead at 2-1 with 8:12 remaining in the first.
- Sophomore forward Spencer Fox was a key reason the Cardinals went into the first intermission tied at 2-2, as he won a puck battle in the left circle with under five minutes left. The Fonthill, Ontario native then slid a perfect pass onto Holze's stick in the slot, and Holze ripped a shot on net, which created a rebound toward the left post. Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt crashed the net, and poked the puck pass the goal line with 4:17 showing on the scoreboard.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Pinios (4-1-0) earned the win in net for Williams, making 29 saves, including 13 in the final 20 minutes. Wesleyan increased its pressure in the final period, outshooting the Ephs, 13-1. Sestak (3-1-3) suffered his first loss in a Cardinals' uniform with a 16-save performance.
- Wesleyan held a 29-19 advantage in shots on goal, leading the category, 22-7, during the final 40 minutes.
- There was a total of seven penalties in the contest, as Williams went 1-for-2 on the advantage and Wesleyan was 0-for-4.
- Williams improves to 5-0 at home with the win, as the two teams will meet again on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. in Middletown, Conn. The programs split the two meetings last winter, as each team won on the road.
- The Cardinals will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday against Bowdoin with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.