Behind 40 saves from netminder Glenn Stowell '13 (#31, photo insert upper left) and a pair of goals from Nik Tasiopoulos '14 (#24, scoring his second goal of the game, main photo) Wesleyan earned a 4-1 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology Sat., Nov 26. The game was the second of a double-header as part of a four-team event that also includes Trinity College and Assumption College over two days of competition. Wesleyan improved to 3-1 for the first time since the 2003-04 season, while Wentworth fell to 3-3-1.
A four-goal outburst in the second period accounted for all of Wesleyan's offense. Tommy Hartnett '14 got things started 2:38 into the period, scoring on a slap shot through the five-hole following a Wentworth giveaway. The goal was Hartnett's second of the year. John Guay '13 made it 2-0 at 7:56, knocking in a rebound for his third goal of the year.
Tasiopoulos made it a 3-0 game at 9:30, putting home a rebound following a shot by Guay with Wesleyan on the power play. He added another power-play marker at 18:20, sending a low wrister from the right circle to the glove side of the Wentworth goaltender. Tasiopoulos leads Wesleyan with five goals and eight points this season. Geoff Mucha '12 received assists on both of Tasiopoulos's tallies.
Wentworth spoiled Stowell's bid for his first career shutout at the 12:27 mark of the third with a power-play goal. Stowell had made an initial save and kicked the puck to the right attacking circle, only to have it kicked right back to the slot by a Wentworth attacker and onto the stick of a waiting teammate. Stowell's 40-save game was third of his career, as he had 40 against Lebanon Valley College in 2009-10 and a career-high 42 against St. Anselm College in 2010-11. Seventeen of Stowell's saves came in the third period as the Leopards held an 18-10 edge in shots in the frame. Wesleyan was two-men down via penalties twice in the frame for a total of about two minutes. The Leopards goal came shortly after the Cardinals killed off a two-man down situation for 1:21
The teams combined for three man-up goals during 14 combined power-play chances. Wesleyan killed seven of eight penalties while Wentworth killed four of six.
Wesleyan's game on Sunday at Trinity featured Assumption as the opponent and despite rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to secure a 3-2 lead in the second frame, the Cardinals found themselves even at 3-3 in the middle stanza and Assumption went on to win in overtime, 4-3. Assumption netted a power-play goal at 2:08 of the extra period for the victory. Wesleyan got consecutive goals from William Choi '13, his first career marker, Ryan Wainright '14, also his first ever, and Tasiopoulos, whose power-play goal at 2:16 gave Wesleyan the lead. Assumption got the equalizer at 9:43, also with an extra man. Matt Hadge '13 minded the Cardinal net and made 20 stops as Wesleyan held a 41-24 edge in shots.
Wesleyan will be on the road Sat. and Sun., Dec. 3 and 4 for a pair of NESCAC contests, facing Amherst Saturday, followed by Hamilton on Sunday.