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Wesleyan Holds Off Late Comeback Attempt by Bowdoin

Walker Harris tallied his 50th career-assist and a pair of goals (Jonas Powell '18).
Walker Harris tallied his 50th career-assist and a pair of goals (Jonas Powell '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's hockey team (9-5-0, 5-3-0) edged Bowdoin 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in the 35th meeting between the two teams. The Polar Bears (8-6-1, 4-4-1) scored three unanswered power play goals in the final frame to knot the game 3-3, but their comeback attempt fell just short as the Cardinals scored at the 14:31 mark and hung on for the victory. Walker Harris tallied his 50th career-assist on Wesleyan's game-winner.   

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals wasted little time, opening the scoring just 1:34 into the contest. Harris skated with the puck from center ice, before firing a shot from the right faceoff circle into the net for the 1-0 early edge.
  • Wesleyan doubled its lead (2-0) with 4:28 expired in the second period. An initial shot by Tyler Wyatt was denied by Bowdoin netminder Alex Zafonte, but Harris was there to collected the rebound and sneak it into the net for his second tally of the game.
  • The Polar Bears nearly cut the deficit to one with 9:30 expired. Patrick Ault's initial shot was denied by Cardinal goaltender Tim Sestak, but Albert Washco's one-timer rebound attempt on the left pipe went just wide.
  • Wesleyan's Cam Peritz scored on a breakaway at the 10:56 mark, extending the advantage to 3-0 with the shorthanded tally.
  • The Polar Bears looked to get on the board with 1:31 expired in the third stanza, but Christian Capello's breakaway bid was thwarted by Sestak.
  • Bowdoin took advantage of a five minute major penalty on Wesleyan beginning at the 6:24 mark, scoring three times during the power play to knot the game 3-3.
  • Cam Berube broke through at the 6:29 when he one-timed a pass from the high slot.
  • Just 1:51 later, Bradley Ingersoll sent a pass towards the right pipe, before a diving Albert Washco tipped-in the puck to make it 3-2.
  • Polar Bear Joe Alexander found the equalizer with 9:41 expired. His initial shot was blocked by a Wesleyan defender, but the deflection floated over Sestak and tucked just under the crossbar.
  • The Cardinals scored the game-winner at the 14:31 mark when Spencer Fox one-timed a pass from Harris on the doorstep as Wesleyan held on for the 4-3 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sestak earned his second win of the weekend with 29 saves, while Zafonte stopped 21 shots.
  • Harris led the Cardinals with a pair of goals and an assist, while Washco assisted on all three of Bowdoin's goals.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are idle until Friday, January 24th when they head to Tufts for a 7:00 p.m. start.
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