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Wesleyan Comes From Behind to Edge Fitchburg State 2-1 in Codfish Bowl Opener

Quincy Gregg tallied the equalizer for the Cardinals (Jonas Powell '18).
Quincy Gregg tallied the equalizer for the Cardinals (Jonas Powell '18).

BOSTON, Mass. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (5-3-0) opened the new year with a come from behind victory over Fitchburg State (6-3-1) in the first round of the 55th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Cardinals scored twice in the final period to edge the Falcons 2-1 and advance to the Championship game. With the loss, Fitchburg State will take on Albertus Magnus in the consolation game. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan had a good chance to get on the board early, but Tyler Kobryn's bid with just 2:13 expired hit the pipe and ricocheted away.
  • The Cardinals looked to take advantage of a power play beginning at the 6:12 mark, but all four shots were denied by Falcon netminder Brian McGrath.
  • Fitchburg State broke through with 9:25 expired in the second stanza when Egan Wolford gathered a feed from Gene Bouthiette before finding the back of the net for the 1-0 edge.
  • Wesleyan found the equalizer 2:41 into the final frame when Quincy Gregg tallied his first goal of the year to make it 1-1.
  • The Cardinals continued offensive pressure and took a 2-1 edge just 3:08 later. Tyler Levine scored the game-winner, and his fourth of the year, on a feed from Michael Kerbrat.
  • The Falcons looked to even the score with 48 seconds remaining by pulling their goalie, but a strong Wesleyan defense did not allow a single shot as they hung on for the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Tim Sestak recorded 23 saves to pick up the victory in goal for the Cardinals.
  • Despite the loss, McGrath stopped an impressive 46 shots for Fitchburg State during 59:12 of play.
  • Wesleyan held a decisive 48-24 advantage in shots, with half of those shots coming in the first period.  

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will play host school UMass.-Boston in the Codfish Bowl Championship game at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Beacons advanced to the title game with a decisive 9-2 triumph over Albertus Magnus.
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