Wesleyan struck first in its home matchup with NESCAC rival Hamilton Sat., Dec. 1 as Nick Craven '13 (#16, main photo) scored in his fourth consecutive game to spot the host a 1-0 lead at 10:11 of the third period. Craven received a cross-crease pass and snapped a high shot into the Continental net past for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Setting up the play was Keith Buehler '14 and Donald Kleckner '13.
With just 54 seconds left in regulation, Hamilton netted the equalizer to force the game into overtime, the third straight extra-period contest for the Continentals. The shot from the slot beat Cardinal goalie Glenn Stowell '13 (#31, photo insert lower right) to the glove side. Stowell finished the game with 22 saves as Wesleyan held a 33-23 edge in shots.
Both teams generated some offense in overtime as Wesleyan had four shots and Hamilton, three. Stowell made a brilliant stop of a point-blank tip-in attempt with 1:09 left to preserve the tie.
Five of Hamilton's six games this season have either been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
Wesleyan returned to action Thurs., Dec. 6, traveling to Wentworth Institute for a non-conference game. There Craven netted a pair of goals and got credit for the game-winner with his first-period power-play, coming at 14:52 with assists to Kleckner and Buehler. That came just 3:27 after Tommy Hartnett '14 spotted Wesleyan the lead for good with a short-handed tally, assisted by Chris McDonald '13 and John Guay '13.
The Cardinals padded the lead in the second period when Craven lit the lamp again 1:27 before the end of the stanza as Connor Ryan '15 and Micah Ehiorobo '13 got credit for the helpers. Craven has now scored in five consecutive contests and leads the team with eight goals on the season.
Making his first start in goal, Nolan Daley '16 had a gem of an effort, making 34 saves. He lost his shutout bid with only 32 seconds remaining, but still had an outstanding debut between the pipes.
Wesleyan is off for a few weeks. Next up for the squad is the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Plattsburgh. Wesleyan takes on the host in the opener Fri., Dec. 28, then faces either Amherst or Elmira in the championship or consolation Sat., Dec. 29.