Men's Ice Hockey Wins at Bowdoin for 1st Time in History, Looks to Rentschler Field Game vs. Trinity to Clinch Playoff Spot
Overcoming an early 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals between the first an second period, the Cardinals accomplished something never before done by a men's ice hockey team at Wesleyan - a win in Brunswick, Me. over Bowdoin. The 6-3 victory Sat., Feb. 12 upped the team's point total to 15, two more than Conn. College as Wesleyan sits in eighth place. A victory Tues., Feb. 15 during the HockeyFest meeting with Trinity at Rentschler Field in East Hartford would clinch a post-season spot for Wesleyan as the Cards hold the tie-breaking edge over the Camels. Wesleyan also would tie Trinity for seventh place with identical records, but would hold the tie-breaker with a win.
Coming into the game at Bowdoin 0-7-1 in eight trips to Brunswick and on an overall 11-game (0-9-2) winless streak vs. the Polar Bears, the Cardinals got a game-tying goal from Nick Craven '13 (#16, main photo) at 7:06 of the first period on the power play. It was his first of two goals on the afternoon as he now has six on the year. Consecutive goals from Tom Salah '12 and Adam Kaiser '13 in a span of 4:18 during the middle of the second stanza spotted wesleyan a 3-1 lead. Though the Polar Bears narrowed the gap to one at 16:44 of the second period, Keith Buehler '14 (#13, photo insert upper left) padded the Wesleyan lead and it proved to be the game-winner in the 6-3 trumph. Bulehler, who assisted on Salah's go-ahead marker as well as on Craven's second goal of the contest, coming at 2:20 of the third period to give Wesleyan a three-goal edge, 5-2, produced a three-point game. Micah Ehiorobo '13 finished off Wesleyan's scoring in the closing minutes, netting an empty-netter at 18:07.
Minding the Cardinal net was Matt Hadge '13 as he came up with 28 saves. Shots in the game favored Wesleyan only slightly, 33-31.
After taking on travel partner Trinity at Rentschler Field Tuesday, the Cardinals conclude the regular season at home Fri. and Sat., Feb. 18 and 19, taking on Southern Maine and U. of New England, respectively.