Late Goal Lifts No. 11 Trinity Past No. 12 Wesleyan

Tyler Levine scored one goal and added an assist (Jonas Powell '18).
Tyler Levine scored one goal and added an assist (Jonas Powell '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -  The No. 12 Wesleyan men's hockey team (15-7-2, 13-3-2) suffered a 3-2 loss at No. 11 Trinity (16-3-5, 12-2-4) on Saturday. With the loss, the Cardinals earn the second-seed for the upcoming 2019 NESCAC Championships. Wesleyan will host seventh-seed Middlebury for a quarterfinal contest on Saturday at a time to be determined, while top-seed Trinity entertains eighth-seeded Tufts.

During the regular season, the Cardinals established a new NESCAC record for the longest unbeaten streak (12-0-2), while also recording a program-high 15 wins.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Bantams opened the scoring just 1:16 in when Dylan Healey collected a loose puck after the opening faceoff, before scoring through the five-hole on a wrist shot for the 1-0 edge.
  • With 7:16 expired, Trinity's Healey struck again when he snuck the puck inside the weak-side post, making it 2-0.
  • Wesleyan cut the deficit to one (2-1) 4:58 into the second period. Tyler Levine sent a pass to Walker Harris from the defensive zone, before Harris found the back of the net.
  • The Cardinals found the equalizer with 12:25 expired in the final frame when Matthew Zandi blasted a shot past Bantam netminder Tedy Loughborough, knotting the game 2-2.
  • Trinity tallied the game-winner with just four seconds remaining when Taggart Corriveau one-timed a pass from Michael Grande, making it 3-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Esposito suffered the loss in net for Wesleyan, making 36 saves, while Loughborough made 24 stops in net for the Bantams.