MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (1-1-0, 1-1-0) fell 4-1 to Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon. Both teams opened the season with conference opponents on Friday evening, as Tyler Wyatt's four goals propelled Wesleyan past Tufts 5-3. Connecticut College suffered a 3-1 loss at Trinity, as both teams split their first pair of NESCAC contests.
- The Camels opened the scoring during a power play at the 12:54 mark when Matt Creamer tipped-in a shot for the 1-0 edge.
- Wesleyan's Spencer Fox had a great chance for the equalizer after a flurry of shots beginning at the 17:24 mark of the opening frame, but his shot hit the pipe and ricocheted away.
- The Cardinals had another opportunity to knot the game at the 15:55 mark when Stephen O'Connor was awarded a penalty shot, but Connecticut College goaltender Connor Rodericks came up big with a save to thwart the chance.
- The Camels took a 2-0 advantage with 59 seconds remaining in the second period when Paul Capozzi snuck the puck past Wesleyan netminder Tim Sestak after a scramble in front of the goal.
- Out of the intermission, Connecticut College doubled its lead (4-0). Jeff Thompson struck at the 7:47 mark after a give and go with Ryan Petti, before Capozzi netted his second of the game with a shorthanded tally.
- The Cardinals cut the deficit to 4-1 at the 17:55 mark of the third stanza. Hunter Vannier sent a pass from the Wesleyan defensive zone, before Jordan Rose found the back of the goal on a breakaway.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sestak made 27 saves during 58:13 of action, while Rodericks tallied 38 stops to earn the win for the Camels.
- Wesleyan outshot Connecticut College 38-27.
- The Cardinals hit the road next weekend, playing at Hamilton on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before traveling to Little Three rival Amherst on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. puck drop. These are the first two games in a 10-game stretch on the road.