Matt Hadge '13 Holds Manhattanville to a Lone Goal as Men's Ice Hockey Rallies for 4-1 Victory
Wesleyan scored four unanswered goals after falling behind, 1-0, in the first period to capture a 4-1 decision over visiting Manhattanville Sat., Dec. 10, and even the all-time series between the two squads at 2-2-2. Wesleyan closes out the first semester with a 5-3 record.
Keith Buehler '14 followed up his own point shot at 4:20 of the second period and tucked in the rebound on the left side to even the score at 1-1 before John Guay '13 (#18, photo insert upper left) put the Cardinals ahead to stay just 2:11 later as he received a long pass up the right boards from George Russell '13 and moved into the Valiants zone before snapping off a rising wrist shot from the right circle into the visitor's net for the 2-1 Wesleyan advantage.
Brad Improta '14 added a power-play goal at 7:55 of the third period to make it 3-1 as he sent home a slapper from the left point after receiving a cross-ice pass from James Albrecht '15. The final Cardinal tally came with just :21 remaining as Nik Tasiopoulos '14 hit an empty net for his team-leading eighth goal of the year and second point of the night as he assisted on the Cardinals' opening tally. Buehler also had a goal and an assist on the night.
Manhattanville, which came into the game riding a four-game unbeaten streak, with a 2-0-1 mark against NESCAC teams Williams, Conn. College and Trinity, took a 1-0 lead at 13:36 of the first period, the only goal yielded by netminder Matt Hadge '13 (#33, main photo). Hadge, who finished with 19 saves, held the Valiants off the board for the final 46:24 of the contest. The Cardinals outshot the Valiants, 36-20.
Manhattanville hit a pair of posts in the first period and rang one off the upright midway through the third period as well, two of those posts coming during power plays. Wesleyan killed all five short-handed situations including a span of 1:46 in the second period when Wesleyan was down two men and nursing a 2-1 edge.
Wesleyan resumes action Fri., Dec. 30, taking on Becker in the first game of the St. Michael's Holiday Tournament. The squad faces Salve Regina on Sat., Dec. 31, the second day of the tournament.