Nick Craven '13 Extends String of Games with a Scoring Point to 14 but Cardinals Fall at Amherst, 3-1
Nick Craven '13 (#16, photo) set up Tommy Hartnett's '14 goal with 1:38 left in the game Fri., Jan. 25 at Amherst with Wesleyan goalie Glenn Stowell '13 on the bench in favor of an extra skater, but it wasn't enough as the Lord Jeffs had built a 3-0 lead in the second period and skated away with a 3-1 decision. The win gave Amherst the season series, having captured a 3-2 win in Middletown earlier in the year, and ended Wesleyan's four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) coming into the affair.
While Wesleyan had a 21-18 edge in shots in the tightly contested, defensive-minded game, Amherst got a pair of power-play goals to sandwich an even-strength tally all in the middle stanza. The Lord Jeffs cashed in on half their power-play chances while Wesleyan went 0-3 including a full five-minute man-advantage opportunity that started just 1:07 into the contest.
Both Stowell and the Amherst keeper made several key stops during the opening period to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes of play. Amherst took the lead for good at 5:53 of the second with a strong three-way passing attack on the power play that results in a shot in tight on the right. Amherst made it 2-0 5:04 later and added ts third marker with just :26 remaining in the period.
The Cardinals pulled Stowell with about four minutes still remaining in the final period and took 2:22 to end the shutout as Hartnett lifted a shot from in tight on the left after the Cardinals won a faceoff in the Amherst end. It was his eight goal of the year. Craven got his 27th scoring point with the assist while Terence Durkin '16 also got a helper on the play.
Up next for Wesleyan is a trip to Hamilton Sat., Jan. 26 to complete the road NESCAC weekend.