MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (7-5-0, 5-3-0) used a strong second period to top Middlebury 3-1 on the road on Saturday. The victory was the Cardinals sixth-straight over the Panthers (7-5-0, 5-3-0) as Tyler Levine led Wesleyan with a pair of tallies.
"We put forth a really great effort tonight," stated head coach Chris Potter. "You have to be ready to bounce back after a tough loss and we did that. We played hard and smart. We also had a better second-period effort compared to yesterday's game, and we were rewarded for that."
- The teams skated through a scoreless first period, with Middlebury goalie Adam Wisco coming up with a highlight-reel save midway through the frame. Wesleyan's Matt Zandi carried the puck into the Panther zone along the right side and at the last second slid a pass through the slot to Andrew Pratt. Pratt fired a shot on goal, but Wisco dove back across the crease to deflect the bid away with his stick.
- Middlebury's best chance to get on the score came with two minutes remaining on a turnaround shot by Paddy Bogart, but he was stopped by Cardinal goalie Tim Sestak and Tyler Capello then pushed the rebound wide.
- The visitors jumped out to a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the middle stanza, as Emmet Powell jumped in from the point and snuck a shot from the right circle behind Wisco.
- Wesleyan doubled the lead just over five minutes later when Levine swept in a rebound on a shot by Michael Kerbrat.
- Middlebury got on the scoreboard at the 11:25 mark, cashing in on a power play. Bret Pastor fired a shot from the high slot that Cole Joslin tipped in at the left post.
- On the first shift of the final frame, Middlebury's Matt Danner hit the post with a shot and Capello got a jab at the rebound that Sestak was able to smother.
- Sestak later made a nice left skate save on a shot from Joslin as he skated in on the left wing, keeping it a 2-1 lead.
- The Cardinals added an insurance goal with 2:25 remaining, as Quincy Gregg set up Levine one the left side for his second tally of the contest just as a power play expired.
- The hosts pulled Wisco for an extra attacker after the Cardinals were whistled for a tripping call, but were unable to break through on 1:54 worth of 6x4 play to keep the final at 3-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sestak had 19 saves for Wesleyan, while Wisco finished with 26 stops for the Panthers.
- The Cardinals held a 29-20 edge in shots.
- Each team had three power plays, with Middlebury scoring the only goal while on the advantage.
- Wesleyan travels to Plattsburgh State on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.