Cardinals Rally for 4-3 OT Win at Hamilton on William Choi '13 Goal for Weekend NESCAC Split Following 3-2 Loss at Amherst
Giving up three goals in the third period after carrying a 1-0 lead into the final stanza, Wesleyan found itself in a 3-1 hole with five minutes to play at Hamilton Sun., Dec. 4. With 4:01 to go, Adam Kaiser '13 took a pass from the right and fired home a wrister from the left circle on the power play to make it a 3-2 contest. Then with just :20 to go and goalie Genn Stowell '13 on the bench in favor of an extra skater, Wesleyan tied the count as Donald Kleckner '13 knocked in a crossing pass from Ryan White '13, who was down low on the left and spotted Kleckner in tight on the right. Moving into overtime, Wesleyan made it three consecutive goals and claimed the win when William Choi '13 (#28, photo) fired in a point shot from the right side through a crowd after John Guay '13 won a faceoff in the Hamilton end.
That allowed Wesleyan to gain a split of its NESCAC road weekend as the Cardinals could not recover from a 3-1 deficit at Amerst the night before, falling 3-2.
Stowell picked up 34 saves at Hamilton to raise his record to 3-1. He held the Continentals scoreless for the opening 44:46 of the game before being touched for a pair of goals in a 10-second span, the first of which was power-play, then a third goal 5:41 later. He was rock steady thereafter, allowing the Cardinals to come back for the victory. Wesleyan had taken a 1-0 lead with 1:58 left in the first period when Nik Tasiopoulos '14 netted his team-high seventh goal of the year off a feed by Keith Buehler '14.
At Amherst, Buehler connected on a power-play goal from the slot with 1:51 remaining in the third period to draw Wesleyan within a goal of its NESCAC and Little Three rival, but the Cardinals could not come up with the equalizer despite pulling Stowell for the final :50 as Amherst hung on for the 3-2 league win. Greg Mucha '13 set up Buehler's goal.
Wesleyan had trailed 2-0 after the first period but cut the difference in half when Tom Salah '12 fed Kaiser for a goal at 8:19 of the third period. Amherst responded just 16 seconds later to go back up by a pair 3-1. While Wesleyan killed seven short-handed situations in the game, the Cardinals managed to convert on their third power-play opportunity with 1:51 left.
Stowell had a strong effort in goal with 37 saves as Amherst generated a 40-18 edge in shots on goal.
Wesleyan is one of the most proficient Division III teams in the country, converting on 10 of 29 chances this season for a .348 percentage. Wesleyan is equally strong in penalty killing, allowing a mere six goals in 47 short-handed situations, a .872 killing percentage. Wesleyan is second in power-play percentage and 14th in penalty-kill pecentage in Division III.
Wesleyan closes out ts first-semester action Sat., Dec. 10, hosting non-conference foe Manhattanville.