John Guay '13 Breaks 3-3 Tie vs. Tufts, Brett Bandazian '12 has Three Points in 6-3 NESCAC Triumph - Game vs. Conn Postponed
John Guay '13 (#18, photo insert upper left) broke a 3-3 tie at 16:50 of the second period, slipping in a shot just inside the near post off a feed from down low by Brad Improta '14, and it proved to be the game-winner for Wesleyan as the Cardinals skated off with a 6-3 league victory over visiting Tufts Fri., Feb. 4 in the first game of a NESCAC weekend. Wesleyan was to host Conn. College Sat., Feb. 5 to close out the weekend action but roof snow removal activities at Wesleyan's Freeman Athletic Center caused the game to be postponed. It will be played Tues., Feb. 8 at a time and location TBA.
When Brett Bandazian '12 (#22, main photo) set sophomore Nick Craven up for the Cardinals’ fifth goal at 9:22 of the third period, Wesleyan had the first two-goal margin of the contest. Bandazian finished the game with three points on a goal and two assists as he ended the evening’s scoring with an individual rush at 12:19. Tufts had led 1-0 and 2-1 with both first-period goals coming during a power play. That’s how the opening period ended as Tom Salah '12 had picked up Wesleyan’s initial goal at 11:43, also a power-play marker.
Consecutive Wesleyan goals at 7:22 and 10:08 of the second stanza spotted the Cardinals their first lead. A redirection by Adam Kaiser '13 on a power-play evened the count at 2-2 and a goal by Ryan White '13 after a puck put behind the Jumbo net by Donald Kleckner '13 found its way in front made it a 3-2 game. It took Tufts just 1:43 to knot the count at 3-3 on the power play with a high shot over a fallen Wesleyan keeper Matt Hadge '13, who ended the game with just 19 saves. The teams were virtually even on shots after two periods, 21-20 in Tufts’ favor, but Wesleyan dominated the third period with a 15-1 margin.
Wesleyan avenged an 8-5 loss at Tufts a year ago while improving to 15-12 all-time vs. the Jumbos. Wesleyan has won five of the last six meetings overall, three straight at home and seven of the last eight tilts in Middletown.