Wes Plays Brilliant Game in 5-1 Victory over Colby but Playoff Chances End When Tufts Beats UNE
Playing one of their finest
games of the season, rivaled only by their outstanding 6-2 win over
nationally ranked Williams, the Cardinal defeated Colby, 5-1, Fri., Feb.
12 for only the second time in history, but also the second year in a
row after going 0-18-2 the first 20 times the teams met. Last year,
Wesleyan pulled out a 2-1 triumph over the Mules.
Wesleyan exploded for four goals in the second period and added an
empty-net goal with 27 seconds left while yielded just one goal late in
the second period. The Cardinals got started just 1:18 into the middle
period following a scoreless, penalty-free first period. Don Kleckner
'13 (#19, photo insert upper right by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)
redirected a shot from the slot by Tom Salah '12 past the Colby
netminder for the 1-0 edge. Kleckner would later add the empty-net goal
in the final minute of the contest to give him four tallies on the
It took Wesleyan more than 10 minutes to light the lamp again but Woody
Redpath '10 made it 2-0 as he fired a shot from high on the right into a
literally open net at the 11:56 mark for his first goal of the year.
The Colby goalie had come out to play a loose puck and ended up going
down when a Colby defender and a Cardinal forward caused a bit of
contact with the goalie in the right circle. Just 1:14 later, Wesleyan
owned a 3-0 edge when Anthony DePietto '11 threw the puck at the net
from a sharp angle on the left which hit the back of the Colby goalie
and ended up in the net at 13:08, giving DePietto his fourth goal of the
campaign. Wesleyan concluded the run with a goal from Adam Kaiser '13
at 16:23 as he snapped off a high shot past McKinney from the inside
portion of the right circle after he received a faceoff draw from Sam
Robinson '10, who got the assist. It was the fifth goal of the year for
Colby prevented Wesleyan goalie Matt Hadge '13 (#33, main photo) from
posting his first career shutout when a Wesleyan defensive miscue left
the puck for the Mules inside the Wesleyan blue line and the Mules
capitalized at 17:12 of the second frame. Hadge ended the game with 16
saves while allowing the lone goal in upping his seasonal record to 2-4.
The teams had just one penalty whistled down in the game, that early in
the second stanza against Wesleyan.
While Wesleyan had reason to celebrate following its win, the bad news
came later on when Tufts rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period
to defeat the U. of New England, 4-2. That gave Tufts a seven-point
lead in the standings for the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC
playoffs with three games to play. Thus, Wesleyan was eliminated from
In the final home game of the year Sat., Feb. 13, Wesleyan kept in close
with NESCAC leader Bowdoin for more than 50 minutes, trailing just 2-1
entering the final 10 minutes. But a pair of Polar Bear goals just 20
seconds apart at 10:33 and 10:53 put the visitors up 4-1. Though the
Cards got one back with 4:10 to go from Brett Bandazian '12, Bowdoin
added an empty net goal in the last two minutes for the 5-2 victory.
Chris MacDonald '13 had the Cardinals' first goal which tied the game
1-1 late in the first period. Tim Archibald '10 collected 34 saves in
the contest as Bowdoin had a nearly 2-to-1 ratio in shots (39-20).
The Cardinals closed out the year on the road during the final weekend
of the season, visiting Southern Maine Fri., Feb. 19 and finishing up at
U. of New England Sat., Feb. 20.
At USM, Wesleyan got behind early as the Huskies scored less than two
minutes into the game. The lead grew to 4-0 late in the third period
despite an evenly played contest in term of shots, 20 apiece. Wesleyan
got on the board as Salah and A.J. Ferraro '12 hooked up to make
Robinson's fifth goal of the year possible with 4:22 left, but that's
how the game ended, 4-1 in favor of the host.
The final contest at UNE stood 1-1 going into the second period but UNE
did all the scoring from that point on, adding five goals for a 6-1 win
in the first-ever meeting of the teams. The final goal of the year for
the Cards came off the stick of Ryan White '13. Archibald handled the
net, making 24 saves. Salah ended the year as the Cardinals' top scorer
with 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points. He paced the squad in all
three offensive categories.