BOSTON, Mass. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (6-3-0) triumphed 6-2 over UMass.-Boston to claim the 55th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Cardinals extend their win streak to four, while the Beacons (7-5-1) suffer their first loss of the new year.
Tim Sestak was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as he recorded an impressive 61 saves over the course of the weekend, including 39 in the Championship game.
- Wesleyan exploded in the first 13 minutes of play, scoring three times for the early lead. Walker Harris got things going at the 3:52 mark, before Cam Peritz gave Wesleyan a two-goal advantage with 10:42 expired. First-year Andrew Pratt tallied his first career goal 2:04 later, extending the lead to 3-0.
- Out of the intermission, Harris sent a pass from behind the net to Peritz, before Peritz one-timed the pass from the slot for his second tally of the game at the 10:22 mark.
- Just nine seconds later off the ensuing faceoff, the Cardinals extended the advantage to 5-0 when Michael Kerbrat scored his first career goal.
- The hosts responded with 12:54 expired in the second when Jeffrey Skinner wrapped around the goal before tucking the puck inside the right pipe to make it 5-1.
- The Beacons cut the deficit to three (5-2) at the 19:10 mark when Chris Peters found the back of the goal through traffic, but that was as close as the hosts would get.
- Wesleyan's Tyler Levine added an empty netter with 16:51 expired in the third as the Cardinals cruised to the 6-2 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Nolan Egbert suffered the loss, making seven saves in the first 12:46. Sam Best made 16 stops in 47:02 of play.
- Despite the loss, the hosts held a decisive 41-24 advantage in shots.
- The Cardinals resume NESCAC play on Friday, January 10th when they travel to Little Three rival Williams for a 7:00 p.m. contest, before traveling to Middlebury the following day for a 4:00 p.m. start.