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Strong Second Period Lifts Hamilton Past Wesleyan 5-4

Walker Harris led all players with one goal and two assists (Jonas Powell '18).
Walker Harris led all players with one goal and two assists (Jonas Powell '18).

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (1-2-0, 1-2-0) was edged 5-4 at Hamilton on Friday night, as the Continentals netted three tallies in the second period and never looked back. It was the 50th meeting between the Cardinals and the Continentals (2-1-0, 1-1-0) in a series that dates back to 1973.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan jumped out to a 1-0 edge at the 3:37 mark during a power play. An initial shot by Matt Zandi was denied by Hamilton goaltender Anthony Tirabassi, but Tyler Kobryn was there to one-time the rebound for the early lead.
  • The hosts tied the game at one goal apiece with 9:18 expired when Fred Allaire snuck the puck past Cardinal netminder Tim Sestak after winning the ensuing faceoff.
  • Wesleyan's Walker Harris collected his own rebound, before scoring through the five-hole with 13:10 showing on the clock to make it 2-1.
  • Out of the intermission, the Continentals found the equalizer to make it 2-2 when Nick Rutigliao wristed a shot through traffic.
  • Hamilton took its first lead of the contest with 9:19 expired in the second period when Nick Ursitti found the back of the goal. Wesleyan's Tyler Wyatt answered, knotting the game 3-3 just nine seconds later.
  • The Continentals took the lead with 10:49 expired in the second and never trailed again. Nick Hawkins scored on a pass from Teddy Simson for the 4-3 edge.
  • At the 2:07 mark of the third period, Hamilton added an insurance tally. Josh Labonte beat a Wesleyan defender before sending a pass across the ice where Chad Varney one-timed the feed for the 5-3 advantage.
  • Wesleyan cut the deficit to one (5-4) at the 6:19 mark of the third when Stephen O'Connor snuck the puck past three Continental defenders and the goaltender, but it was not enough as Hamilton was able to hang on for the win.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak suffered the loss for Wesleyan, making 31 saves in 58:17 of action.
  • Hamilton's made 21 stops in goal to earn the win.
  • Harris led all players with one goal and two assists, while Zandi and Tyler Levine each tallied a pair of assists.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will play their final game before Thanksgiving break on Saturday when they travel to Amherst for a 3:00 p.m. contest.