MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 draw against Little Three-rival Amherst on Saturday evening at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn. The last time the Cardinals played in a scoreless game was against Williams on Feb. 2, 2013.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (9-4-4, 5-3-3 NESCAC) have now recorded three straight ties against the Mammoths (7-6-4, 4-3-4 NESCAC), as the two teams battled to a 3-3 draw on Dec. 2 in Amherst, Mass.
- Wesleyan and Amherst are both fighting for playoff positioning in the NESCAC standings, as the Cardinals sit in the No. 3 slot and the Mammoths currently check in at the fifth slot. The top-four teams earn home-ice advantage in the quarterfinal round. The last time the Cardinals hosted a home playoff game was during the 2006-07 season.
- On Saturday, Wesleyan generated a pair of top-notch chances at the end of the first. Sophomore forward Walker Harris weaved his way through the Mammoths' defense, and then sent a pass across the front of the goal onto the stick of sophomore forward Luke Babcock, who sent a shot wide right at the 15:50 mark. With 3:39 remaining in the opening period, freshman forward Jordan Rose glided down the left wing, and tried to beat Mammoths senior goalie Connor Girard far side, but his shot flew by the right post.
- Sophomore forward Spencer Fox posted a scoring bid at the 1:04 mark of the second, ripping a shot from the slot, but Girard corralled the attempt.
- Amherst went on a five-minute power play 17 seconds into the game, when Cardinals senior forward Cam McCusker was whistled for a major boarding penalty. The Cardinals did a tremendous job killing off the penalty, not allowing Amherst to gain any momentum, as sophomore goalie Tim Sestak turned away a drive by sophomore forward Patrick Daly at the 2:23 mark.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Girard (4-3-4) turned away a game-high 23 shots, while Sestak (5-2-4) denied all 18 shots he faced.
- Wesleyan held a 23-18 advantage in shots on goal, including a 10-2 advantage over the final 25 minutes. Amherst held a 16-13 lead in shots through two periods.
- Sophomore forward Tyler Wyatt went 8-of-15 at the faceoff circle for Wesleyan, and freshman forward Cameron Peritz won 4-of-6 draws. Sophomore forward Joey Lupo paced the visitors with a 7-for-11 showing at the dot, and senior captain Thomas Lindstrom won 10-of-17 draws.
- The Cardinals and Mammoths went 0-for-3 on the power play, respectively, as there was a total of six penalties for 15 minutes.
- The Cardinals will face off against Hamilton on Sunday (3 p.m.) at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.