MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the first time in his collegiate career on Monday, junior forward Andy Espinoza of the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team has been named NESCAC Player of the Week, as he netted the game-winning goal for the fifth-seeded Cardinals with 1:46 remaining in regulation during a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Hamilton on Saturday in Clinton, N.Y.
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Espinoza, who hails from Abington, Pa., established position in the slot as sophomore forward Walker Harris stick-handled up to the point. Harris laced a shot toward net, and Espinoza was able to redirect the drive into the back of the net past Hamilton senior goalie Evan Buitenhuis, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead at the 18:14 mark of the third. The game-winning tally was the second of Espinoza's career, while it was his first goal of the 2017-18 season.
The third-year collegiate player has contributed with five assists this year for the Cardinals (13-7-5, 8-6-4 NESCAC), while he has career totals of 10 goals, 22 assists and 32 points.
Wesleyan will square off against sixth-seeded Colby at 1 p.m. during the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.