Cardinals Let Games Slip Away vs. Colby & Bowdoin Despite as Two-Goal Leads Evaporate in Both Contests
Colby rallied from a 4-2 deficit Fri., Jan. 17 with a pair of goals in the final two minutes of regulation, then took a 5-4 win over Wesleyan with the overtime winner 3:13 into the extra period. Wesleyan then hosted Bowdoin to complete its NESCAC weekend Sat., Jan. 18, and let a 2-0 lead get away as the Polar Bears came away with a 3-2 triumph.
Colby had tied the game with :10 left in regulation with a rising wrist shot from the right circle on a strong rush up the right side, sending a shot past Wesleyan goalie Dawson Sprigings '17, who finished with 24 saves. Then in overtime, during an unsettled situation around the Wesleyan net, Colby got a piece of a loose puck and pushed it past Sprigings for the winner.
Wesleyan had gotten two third period goals from James Kline '17 (#25, photo), upping his season total to seven, to take a 4-2 lead with just 5:31 on the clock. His second goal came short-handed on Wesleyan's only penalty of the contest. Colby responded at 18:17 of the period with its own short-handed goal, also on the only penalty of the evening for Colby.
Wesleyan produced the only goal of the middle period as Jay Matthews '16 netted his sixth of the year, spotting the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. A first-period goal by Wesleyan's Eric Casey '16 at 9:51 was countered by a Mule marker at 17:14 as the teams stood 1-1 after 20 minutes. The goal was Casey's second of the campaign.
Against Bowdoin, Wesleyan picked up two first-period tallies to hold a 2-0 margin for 21:44 as Jackson Brandstetter '14 put home a blast from the top edge of the left circle off a nice feed from Tommy Hartnett '14 at 12:36 of the first period. Four minutes later, Hartnett got one of his own, pushing his seasonal points to 16, getting a feed from low on the right from Terence Durkin '16 and wristing one in long side from the right circle.
Bowdoin got a power-play goal on the Cardinals only penalty of regulation late in the second period to draw within a goal. Still Wesleyan carried the 2-1 margin well into the third period but Bowdoin evened the count at 9:39, then used a strong rush up the right side to set up a shot from just off the left circle at 12:56 that proved to be the game-winner. Bowdon had a sli 38-33 edge in shot as Sprigings made 35 stops.
Wesleyan will be on the road for its next NESCAC weekend, visiting Tufts Sat., Jan. 25 and Conn. College Sun., Jan. 26.