NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior defenseman Sean Ross scored the equalizer with 3:26 left in regulation on Friday for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team, but the Cardinals ultimately suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Connecticut College with freshman forward Paul Capozzi netting the game winner in overtime.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt registered a two-assist night for Wesleyan (8-4-3, 4-3-2 NESCAC), while sophomore forward Jacob Moreau (two goals, one assist), Capozzi (one goal, one assist) and sophomore forward Ryan Petti (two assists) all posted multi-point nights for Connecticut College (7-8-0, 6-3-0 NESCAC).
- Capozzi, who leads the Camels with 12 points on seven goals and five assists this season, turned the goal light on 2:59 into the extra period, assisted by Petti and Moreau.
- At the 13:46 mark of the third, trailing by a score of 2-1, the Cardinals were awarded a five-minute power play, as sophomore forward Brendan O'Connell was guilty of a five-minute boarding penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct. The Cardinals took advantage with a 5-on-4 tally with 16 minutes, 34 seconds elapsed into the period on Ross's third tally of the year, assisted by Wyatt and junior captain Chad Malinowksi.
- Ross has been a clutch player over the last week for Wesleyan. He netted the game-winning tally with four seconds left in regulation on Friday, Jan. 12, during a 2-1 win over visiting Bowdoin.
- After a scoreless first period, the Camels, who handed the Cardinals a 5-3 season-opening loss on Nov. 17, drew first blood, with Moreau scoring with 13:38 remaining in the second off a pair of nice feeds by junior forward Jake Farabee and senior defenseman Mason Evans.
- The Cardinals stormed back, and knotted the game at 1-1 with 5:19 showing on the clock in the second. Sophomore forward Spencer Fox found nylon, with senior forward Dylan Holze and Wyatt contributing with the assists.
- Moreau netted his second tally of the game and seventh of the year at the 12:39 mark of the third on an assist by Capozzi and Petti, setting the stage for the late-game drama.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore goalie Connor Rodericks (6-3-0) earned the win in net for the hosts, saving 31 of 33 shots, while sophomore netminder Tim Sestak (4-2-3) suffered the loss for the visitors with an 18-save outing.
- Wesleyan outshot Connecticut College, 33-21, for the entire game, and led the shot category in each individual period, including a 3-1 edge in the extra session.
- Wesleyan went 1-for-4 on the power play, and Connecticut College was 0-for-2, as the two teams combined for six penalties.
- Sophomore forward Walker Harris went 11-for-22 in the faceoff circle, and freshman forward Cameron Peritz won 4-of-8 draws. For the Camels, senior forward Chris Jellison went 11-of-20 in the circle, and junior forward William White tallied a 6-of-10 showing.
- The Camels lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, boasting a 40-23-5 record dating back to the 1983-84 season.
- The Cardinals will compete against NESCAC-foe Tufts at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Malden, Mass.