In the seven-year history of the gathering of men's ice hockey teams from Wesleyan, Amherst, Conn. College and Trinity for a tournament, none has resulted in the tremendous parity exhibited in this year's tournament, the McCabe Tournament hosted by Amherst College. Meeting in the consolation game Mon., Jan. 3, Wesleyan and Conn skated to a 2-2 deadlock. Amherst and Trinity did the same in the title game, though Amherst went on to claim the title through an unofficial extra period. That same method broke the 2-2 tie between Trinity and Conn in the first round as Trinity advanced to the finals. Wesleyan and Amherst stood 2-2 through 50 minutes of play in their first-round matchup before the Lord Jeffs broke the tie and held on for a 3-2 victory.
Against Conn in the consolation game, Geoff Mucha '12 (#6, photo insert upper left) converted a pass from Tommy Hartnett '14 on a two-on-one break for the game-tying goal at 8:32 of the third period. Wesleyan held a 1-0 advantage on Micah Ehiorobo's '13 rebound goal after an initial point shot by Chris MacDonald '13 at 12:30 of the opening stanza.
Conn scored twice in between the Cardinal tallies to even the count at 13:00 of the middle stanza, then go ahead at 2:12 of the third period.
The teams finished the five-minute overtime with Conn narrowing the shot differential by firing four attempts on Wesleyan keeper Glenn Stowell '13 (#31, main photo), who finished the outing with 30 stops. Wesleyan got off two overtime shots, giving the Cardinals a 38-32 edge in total shots.
The Cardinals will play a contest on home ice for the first time since Nov. 23, a six-week span, when Wesleyan hosts Skidmore in a league contest Fri., Jan. 7, followed by a visit from Castleton St. Sat., Jan. 8.
(photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)