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Men’s Hockey Falls at No. 13 Williams

Matt Zandi tallied and assist during the loss (Bre Cavanaugh '19).
Matt Zandi tallied and assist during the loss (Bre Cavanaugh '19).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (6-4-0, 2-3-0) fell 4-2 at No. 13 Williams on Friday evening. The Cardinals mounted a comeback in the final frame, cutting their three-goal deficit to just one (3-2), but the Ephs (8-3-0, 6-1-0) tallied an empty netter with 38 seconds remaining to solidify the victory.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • After a scoreless first period, Williams came out of the intermission strong. The Ephs opened the scoring with 7:01 elapsed when Nick Altmann one-timed a backhanded pass from Bobby Beniers for the 1-0 edge.
  • The Ephs made it 2-0 just 32 seconds later. An initial shot by Jack Forrest was denied by Wesleyan goaltender Tim Sestak, but Max Fuld was there to one-time the puck into the net.
  • Williams increased the lead to 3-0 at the 11:14 mark. Nick VanBelle sent a pass from behind the goal to Niko Karamanis in the slot, before Karamanis one-timed the puck from the doorstep.
  • Wesleyan responded with just 1:16 expired in the final period when Emmett Powell found the back of the goal during a power play.
  • The Cardinals cut the deficit to one (3-2) with 1:38 remaining when Cam Peritz netted his fifth goal of the year, but it was not enough as Williams tallied an empty netter with 38 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak suffered the loss, making 27 saves in 57:15 of action.
  • Eph goaltender Cosimo Lazzarino earned the win with 20 stops.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals travel to Middlebury on Saturday for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop.
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