Nik Tasiopoulos '14 Nets 3rd-Period Winner vs. Colby to Complement Near-Perfect Glenn Stowell '13 Netminding - Then Team Ties Conn, Falls to Tufts & Amherst
Wesleyan rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 men's ice hockey victory over Colby Sat., Jan. 14 to gain a split of its weekend series vs. NESCAC Maine rivals. Wesleyan scored late in the second period and early in the third after surrendering a goal just 13 seconds into the contest. With the win, Wesleyan improved to 9-5 and evened its NESCAC record at 4-4.
Wesleyan got the game-winner with 6:29 gone in the final period off the stick of Nik Tasiopoulos '14 (#24, main photo). With the Cardinals on the power play, Tasiopoulos sent a shot from the left circle on a three-on-one break that beat Colby's netminder to the glove side. Tasiopoulos, the Cardinals' leading scorer, netted his 12th goal on the play, with James Albrecht '10 receiving an assist.
Colby had gotten on the board in the first period on a tip-in of an initial shot but from that point on, netminder Glenn Stowell '13 (#31, photo lower right by Marianne Calnen) blanked the Mules for 59:47, allowing his teammates to rise to the comeback occasion. Wesleyan knotted the score at 1-1 with just under three minutes remaining in the second frame. Geoff Mucha '12 sent a shot from the blue line that was deflected in by Tommy Hartnett '14 (#21, photo insert upper right) at the 17:18 mark for his third goal of the year.
Shots in the game were dead-ever at 30 apiece for each squad, with Wesleyan holding a 16-12 edge in the final stanza after Colby generated a 10-6 margin in the first frame. Each team had eight during the middle period.
Wesleyan is now 3-1 in its last four games against Colby after going 0-18-2 in the first 21 meetings. Colby took a 4-2 decision in Waterville, Maine, last season in the teams' most recent meeting.
Wesleyan returned to action for another NESCAC weekend starting Sat., Jan. 21. Up first was the second tilt of the year against Connecticut College, this time in New London. The Cardinals were a 6-1 victor over the Camels to open the season in Middletown. Wesleyan will then look to avenge a loss to Tufts when the Cardinals and Jumbos lock horns Sun., Jan. 22 in the Boston area.
In the second meeting with Conn., Wesleyan jumped ahead 2-0 in the second period on goals from Keith Buehler '14 and Mucha but it was the 13th goal of the year by Tasiopoulos that forged a 3-2 lead at the end of 40 minutes. Hartnett assisted on the first and third goals while Tasiopoulos also had a two-point night with a helper of Buehler's opening tally. But the Camels evened the count at 3-3 with 7:49 to go and Wesleyan, despite a 44-29 edge in total shots, ncluding a 5-1 margin in overtime, could not make it a two-win year vs. Conn. Each team netted a pair of power-polay markers. Stowell came up with 26 stops as his record moved to 6-2-1 on the year.
The rematch with Tufts was just as close as the first meeting with the Jumobs coming out on top once again, this time 5-4 in overtime. Tufts scored its fourth power-play goal of the contest with :18 remaining in the extra period. Wesleyan was whistled for too many men on the ice with :39 to go. The Cardinals had four individual goals scorers with Tasiopoiulos, Buehler, John Guay '13 and Mucha all lighting the lamp with the latter three scoring consecutively between the second and third periods to lift Wesleyan from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 lead with 11:25 left. Tasiopoulos posted his fourth straight game with a goal and added an assist for a two-point performance. But Tufts tied it up with 3:21 on the clock to force overtime. Shots favored Wesleyan by a tight 44-42 margin. In goal, Matt Hadge '13 made 37 stops.
The next NESCAC weekend features Amherst and Hamilton in Middletown for rematch contests Sat. and Sun., Jan. 28 and 29. Wesleyan played one-goal games with each the first time out on the road, falling to Amherst, 3-2, and downing Hamilton in overtime, 4-3. The game vs. Hamilton Jan. 29 is slated for a webcast and can be viewed by clicking < here >.
The rematch with Amherst didn't come out on a promising note for the Cardinals as the Lord Jeffs skated away with a 6-0 decision, scoring once in the first period, three times in the second and twice more in the third. Shots favored the seventh-ranked nationally Lord Jeffs, 35-23, as Stowell made 22 saves over 43 minutes before giving way to Hadge for the final 17 minutes, as he added seven more stops while yielding the final marker.