Elliott Vorel '17 Gets 1st Career Hat Trick & Leads Nation in Scoring, Tommy Hartnett '14 Also Has 3-Point Game as Men's Hockey Bests Hobart, 6-2
Elliott Vorel '17 (#9, right side photo) extended his point-scoring streak to all eight games Wesleyan has played this season, doing so in dramatic fashion as the nation's leading scorer posted his first career hat trick, leading the Cardinals to a 6-2 men's ice hockey win over visiting Hobart Sat., Dec. 7. It was the first meeting of the teams in nine seasons and improved Wesleyan's all-time record in the series to 5-1. Wesleyan is off until next year as the Cardinals skate again Sat., Jan. 4 at home against New England College.
Vorel got things started for Wesleyan just 4:30 into the contest as he chased down a puck sent from Wesleyan's end into the Hobart zone by Jackson Brandstetter '14, then moved from the left circle in front to beat Hobart keeper. While it took the Statesmen just 11 seconds to respond as Hobart won a right-circle faceoff fired a slapper past Cardinal keeper Dawson Sprigings '17 to make it 1-1, Wesleyan went on to score the next five goals to open up a 6-1 lead less than six minutes into the third period. Hobart got the final goal with six minutes remaining.
In between Hobart tallies, Vorel put home a pair for Wesleyan's third and fifth markers while Tommy Hartnett '14 (#21, left side photo) picked up goals two and six in similar fashion, skating from deep on the right to the front of the net and stuffing home a backhander. Hartnett now has seven goals on the season. Ahead of him is Vorel with 10 goals to go along with nine assists for 19 points in eight games, an average of 2.38 points per game, best among all NCAA men's ice hockey players in the country. Vorel moved from behind the net on the left to just above the crease where he fired in Wesleyan's third goal at 19:06 of the first period. His tip-in of a centering pass from Connor Ryan '15 at 14:51 of the second period made it 5-1. Wesleyan's fourth goal came off the stick of Eric Casey '16 as he used a screen on the left side of the slot to sling in a shot early in the middle stanza. Vorel now has at least one scoring point in all eight games this season.
Sprigings finished the game with 33 saves as Hobart generated a 35-23 margin in shots.