CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (2-2-0, 2-2-0) avenged it's 1-0 NESCAC Semifinal loss to Amherst from a year ago, cruising to a 4-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in the team's 104th meeting. The four goals were the most either team has scored on each other since 2015 and the most the Cardinals have tallied against the Mammoths (1-2-0, 1-2-0) since 1998. Last year, the team's battled in three very close contests as one meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, while the other two matchups saw a single one-goal victory for each team.
"I thought that the team responded well coming off of a tough loss yesterday," expressed head coach Chris Potter. "We challenged them to play a better defensive game, and we had some guys really step up. The group was committed to the little details that win games, and coming away with a victory on the road is great."
- Wesleyan got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0 edge with 6:52 expired when Cam Peritz redirected a shot by John Fiallo.
- The Mammoths found the equalizer with 6:21 showing on the clock in the second period. An initial shot by Connor Merrill was denied by Cardinal netminder Tim Sestak, before Merrill persisted and snuck the rebound inside the right pipe to make it 1-1.
- Wesleyan answered at the 10:44 mark, taking a 2-1 advantage when Emmet Powell wristed a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle for his first career tally.
- The Cardinals increased the lead to 3-1 with 13:54 showing on the clock after Wilson McCloy blocked a shot in front of the Wesleyan goal. Walker Harris collected the rebound and skated end to end before setting Tyler Levine up for a one-timer from the slot.
- The Mammoths looked to cut the deficit by pulling their goalie with just two minutes remaining in regulation, but Wesleyan's Tyler Kobryn tallied and empty netter just 23 seconds later to solidify the victory 4-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sestak had a phenomenal night in goal, recording 37 saves to earn the win.
- Amherst's Giancarlo Ventre suffered the loss, making 24 stops in 58:42.
- The Mammoths held a 38-28 advantage in shots.
- The Cardinals travel to Saint Anselm on Saturday for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop, before playing at Potsdam on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.