MANCHESTER, N.H. – Knotted at 2-2 heading into the third period, the Wesleyan men's hockey team (3-2-0) scored four unanswered goals to top Potsdam 6-2 in the Saint Anselm Thanksgiving Tournament on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-3-0, while the Bears fall to 1-8-1. Wesleyan was led by Spencer Fox's pair of third-period goals, a tally and an assist from Tyler Levine and three helpers from Walker Harris.
- First-year Emmet Powell got things going for the Cardinals, scoring with 7:03 showing on the clock, but the Bears responded just 2:03 later to tie the game 1-1.
- Potsdam took a 2-1 lead at the 11:52 mark. Joey Sollazzo stole the puck in transition, before scoring a short-handed tally through the five-hole.
- In the early minutes of the second frame, following coincidental penalties, the Bears skated five-on-three for over a minute, but a strong Wesleyan defense was able to kill off both penalties.
- With 6:52 expired, Potsdam nearly took a two-goal lead. A sprawling save by Wesleyan netminder Tim Sestak denied an initial shot by Brett Horn at the 6:48 mark. With Sestak still stretched across the crease, Vincent Guimond one-timed the rebound towards the goal, but Sestak got a piece of his blocker on the puck to thwart the chance.
- The Cardinals found the equalizer at the 11:11 mark of the second after Harris faked a shot at the top of the right faceoff circle, before sending a pass across the slot. Levine was on the left side to one time the feed, making it 2-2.
- With just 35 seconds remaining in the middle frame the Bears had a great opportunity to regain the lead, but Bryce Ferrell's shot was denied by a diving glove save from Sestak as the teams skated into the break knotted at two goals apiece.
- Out of the break, Fox gave the Cardinals a 3-2 edge during a power play at the 3:43 mark. He struck again with 9:18 expired when he beat a Potsdam defender in the slot, before tucking the puck inside the right pipe for the 4-2 advantage.
- Cam Peritz extended the Wesleyan lead to 5-2 at the 11:52 mark, before Danny Sorabella tipped in a pass from Levine with 17:42 expired. The short handed goal capped the Cardinal scoring, making it a 6-2 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan's Sestak earned the win between the pipes with 24 saves, highlighted by 15 in the second period.
- Potsdam's Ryan Glander saved 18 shots in goal.
- The Bears held a slight 26-24 edge in shots.
- The Cardinals compete in their final game of 2019 on Friday when they head to Albertus Magnus for a 7:00 p.m. game. Wesleyan opens the new year on Friday, January 33rd when it travels to UMass.-Boston for the 55th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament.