Men's Ice Hockey Avenges Loss to Trinity with 2-1 Regular-Season Finale Win over Bantams - Faces Trinity in NESCACs Next
Trailing Trinity by a 1-0 count for over 32 minutes, the Cardinals got a tying goal at 1:48 of the third period from NESCAC top-scorer and recently named Joe Concannon Award semifinalist Keith Buehler '14 (#13, main photo) and the winner from Ryan White '13 (#9, photo insert lower left) with 2:28 to play as Wesleyan captured an exciting 2-1 regular-season finale win Sat., Feb. 16. The victory avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bantams the night before in Middletown. Wesleyan also prevented Trinity from the possibility of securing the #2 seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament behind top-seeded Bowdoin. When Trinity defeated Bowdoin, 10-5, Mon., Feb. 18 in the final makeup game, Trinity earned the #3 seed, meaning Wesleyan and Trinity will play a third time in a span of eight days as the Cardinals, seeded sixth, travel to Hartford once again to meet the Bantams in a first-round tournament game Sat., Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. The game will have both a webcast and LiveStats.
Making 33 saves while allowing just one goal, that at 9:21 of the opening period, keeper Nolan Daley '16 (#30, photo insert upper left) held the Bantams scoreless for the final 50:39 of the contest, allowing Wesleyan a chance to go ahead. Over 10 starts this year, Daley has posted a 5-2-3 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
With his 19th goal of the season and 37th point, Buehler snapped off a shot from the left circle early in the final stanza to even the count at 1-1. Then with time winding down, Adam Kaiser '13 started a flurry in front of the Bantam net that ended with White pushing in the puck for his fourth goal of the year and a Wesleyan lead. Trinity pulled its goalie for the final 1:05, much as it did the night before when Trinity also trailed 2-1. But while the Bantams scored at Wesleyan to send the game into overtime, eventually winning in the extra frame, the Cardinals kept Trinity at bay and came away with a season series split. Now the season series will come down to a rubber game in the NESCAC playoffs.