Score: Wesleyan 3, Amherst 0
Records: Wesleyan (4-1-0, 2-1-0 NESCAC), Amherst (3-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Spurrier-Snyder Rink)
Date: Friday, December 2nd
Time: 7 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team upset Little Three rival No. 13 Amherst 3-0 in front of the home crowd on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The two Little Three rivals played a scoreless first period with neither team able to gain much momentum.
- Walker Harris '20 and James Kline '17 had some good looks in the period, but they were thwarted by Amherst goaltender Connor Girard.
- Just over a minute into the second period, Harris would have two excellent scoring opportunities in front of the net, but he was unable to get the puck past the pads of Girard.
- Max Roche and Chris Roll would give Amherst its best scoring opportunities of the period, but Dawson Sprigings '17 was able to make both saves.
- The Cardinals would have a two-man advantage and would convert as Kline would rifle a shot past Girard from the right circle at 15:02 to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead. Kline's second goal of the year was assisted by Harris and Chad Malinowski '19.
- The physical play picked up in the third period as the Cardinals were looking to expand on their lead while the Purple and White were looking to tie the game up.
- The visitors had some excellent scoring chances in the period, but Sprigings was excellent in net, and the defense held the Amherst offense at bay.
- Cam McCusker '18 made a nice pass from the blue line to Dylan Holze '19 who found Harris for the insurance goal for the home team at the 17-minute mark.
- The Purple and White would pull their goaltender looking to cut into the lead, however the Cardinals defense stopped every opportunity and Quincy Oujevolk '17 was able to seal the 3-0 victory for Wesleyan with the empty-net goal. Malinowski and Andy Espinoza '19 were credited with assists.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sprigings made 25 saves in net while Girard made 20.
- The two points by Harris now bring his season points total up to four, while Kline now leads the team with eight.
- Wesleyan was able to hold the Amherst power play to 0-5 on the evening.
- The Cardinals will return to the ice tomorrow as they will host Hamilton for a 3 p.m. contest.
- The Purple and White are also back on the ice tomorrow as they will take on Trinity at 4 p.m.