MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (2-2-1, 2-0-1) skated to a 1-1 draw against Little Three rival Amherst (2-2-1, 0-1-1) on Friday evening. The teams have tied four-straight games, dating back to the 2016-17 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Amherst had a great chance to open the scoring at 7:52 in, but Wesleyan netminder Tim Sestak denied PJ Conlon's shot with his blocker.
- The Cardinals looked to get on the board at the 10:41 mark, but Mammoth goalie Michael Cullen made a stick save to deny Matthew Zandi's shot, as Amherst was able to kill the power-play opportunity.
- After a scoreless first period, Wesleyan had a great chance to take the lead just 4:14 into the second frame. Hunter Vannier sent a pass from the right faceoff circle into the slot, but Luke Babcock's one-timer was thwarted by goaltender Cullen.
- Amherst's Jack Lloyd found the back of the net from the left faceoff circle, making it 1-0 at the 10:47 mark of the second period.
- The Cardinals found the equalizer just 55 seconds into the third period during a four-on-three power-play. Walker Harris sent a pass from the top of the left faceoff circle to Chad Malinowski in the high slot. Sean Ross connected with Malinowski's feed, before finding the top left corner of the goal to make it 1-1.
- Wesleyan's best chance to take the lead came at the 7:20 mark after Ross beat a defender, but his shot through traffic was denied by Cullen, keeping the game knotted.
- Just 23 seconds later, Amherst's Conlon blasted a shot toward the Cardinal goal, but Sestak extended his arm to make a glove save and deny the opportunity.
- The teams skated through an overtime period, but neither team was able to produce any quality opportunities as they finished in a 1-1 draw.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sestak made 35 saves in goal for Wesleyan, while Cullen had 33 stops for Amherst.
- Wesleyan continues NESCAC play, entertaining Hamilton on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.