DJ Bernatavitz '12 Has a Stick in Each Cardinal Goal but Cards Fall to Conn, 10-4 - Drop NESCAC Quarterfinal at Bowdoin, 6-4
Using a 5-0 burst over a 10-minute span to take the lead for good, then adding a 4-0 run in the fourth quarter to cement the victory, visiting Conn College blew past homestanding Wesleyan in the final regular-season game for both teams Wed., April 25, 10-4. As a result, Conn earned a first-round NESCAC tournament home game on Sat., April 28 and will take on Colby, which defeated Bates in its regular-season finale, 5-3. Wesleyan draws Bowdoin in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs as the teams will play in Brunswick, Me. Saturday. When the Cardinals and Polar Bears met during the season, Bowdoin won, 7-5. Bowdoin also prevailed in the playoff matchup by a pair, winning, 6-4.
Though Wesleyan got off to a fast start with a 2-0 lead just 4:36 into the contest as John Froats '12 (#6, left side photo) turned a DJ Bernatavitz '12 (#21, right side photo) into a goal at 12:13 before Bernatavitz scored one of his own on a fast break set up by Sam Stanton '14, Conn netted the next five goals to carry a 5-2 lead into halftime. Wesleyan got no closer than two goals in the second half, the last coming at 6-4 with 12:16 to go as Bernatavitz connected for his second goal of the game, assisted by Froats, who finished with three points on a pair of goals and an assist. Bernatavitz also had a pair of assists for a four-point afternoon. Froats took over Wesleyan's scoring leadership for the year, now with 29 points on 20 goals and nine assists.
Conn added four goals in a stretch of just 4:44 in the final stanza with three last three coming in a span of only 2:08 as the Camels pulled away.
Cardinal keeper Grant Covington '12 made 11 stops in the contest as Conn had a 29-23 margin in total shots.
Wesleyan leads the overall series vs. Conn by a 24-14 margin. This was just the second win for the Camels in the last eight meetings and their first win in Middletown since 1998. Wesleyan had ratted off nine straight wins at home vs. Conn prior to this game.
At Bowdoin, Wesleyan outshot the Polar Bears substatially for the second time this year with a 37-21 margin. During the egular season, the Cardinals had a 45-16 edge. Still, Bowdoin made its shots count, building a 6-1 lead in the third period and hanging on as the Cardinals rallied for the last three scores. Wesleyan had four individual goal scorers with Matt Prezioso '15 netting a man-up goal 4:47 into the game to open the scoring before a 6-0 Bowdoin run. Teddy Citrin '12 tallied his 19th of the year late in the third period with Brendan Hanley '13 and Christian Kennedy '15 both adding a fourth-quarter goal, the last coming with 1:01 to go. Covington picked up nine saves to finish the year with a 65.1 save percnetage and a 5.86 goals-against average.