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Cardinals Edge Camels, 5-4, in Season Opener

Walker Harris scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining (Photo by Lianne Yun '18).
Walker Harris scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining (Photo by Lianne Yun '18).

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's ice hockey team opened its 2018-19 season with a thrilling 5-4 NESCAC victory at Connecticut College on Friday evening. The game-winner was scored by Walker Harris with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, as the Cardinals were able to run out the clock and hang on for the win. 


  • Wesleyan wasted little time getting on the board, scoring just 3:18 into the first period. Freshman Danny Sorabella scored his first career-goal on a pass from Chad Malinowski to put Wesleyan up 1-0.
  • The visitors added another tally on a power-play at the 13:45 mark of the first period when Tyler Wyatt one-timed a pass from Matthew Zandi, making it 2-0.
  • The Camels cut the deficit to one with just 44 seconds remaining in the first period. Greg Pezza was able to sneak the puck past Wesleyan goaltender Tim Sestak during a man-up situation to make it 2-1.
  • Connecticut College found the equalizer at the 16:42 mark of the second period on a power-play when Colin Stevens hit a hard shot from the top of the left faceoff circle, knotting the game at 2-2.
  • The Camels were able to take advantage of an extra player situation 2:52 into the third period when Ryan Petti went one-on-one with Sestak, just barely sneaking the puck into the goal for the 3-2 edge.
  • Five minutes later, Wesleyan knotted the contest 3-3 on a power-play when Tyler Kobryn tucked the puck inside the post after a pass from Malinowski.
  • The Cardinals took their first lead since the first period at the 13:01 mark of the third when Chris White tucked a hard shot from the right side inside the left pipe for the 4-3 advantage.
  • Connecticut College responded just 57 seconds later when Pezza added his second goal of the game, knotting the contest 4-4.
  • Wesleyan responded at the 15:38 mark when Harris beat a defender before burying the puck in the back of the net, to put the Cardinals back on top 5-4.


  • Sestak picked up the win in goal for the Cardinals, making 23 stops in the contest, while Rodericks had 14 saves for Connecticut College.


  • Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow as they travel to Tufts for a 4:00 p.m. contest. The Cardinals will return home for their home opener on Saturday, November 24th against Aurora.