Keith Buehler '14 Reaches 100-Point Milestone but Men's Ice Hockey Rally Falls Short at Williams, Followed by Loss at Middlebury
Keith Buehler '14 (#13, photo) batted in a rebound of a James Albrecht '16 shot with 40 second left in the second period at Williams Fri., Jan. 10 for his sixth goal of the year and 100th point of his illustrious career as a Cardinal. While Wesleyan and Williams entered the third period deadlocked at 1-1, a two-goal Williams burst in a span of just 2:04 early in the final stanza propelled the homestanding Ephs to a 3-2 NESCAC/Little Three win. The Cardinals, who lost for the first time in seven games, moved on to Middlebury Sat., Jan. 11 to complete their NESCAC road weekend. There Wesleyan fell, 5-0.
The last Wesleyan player to surpass the 100-point plateau in his career was Jon Blanchard '03, who amassed 103 points in 91 career games. Buehler current has 100 points in 84 games played. The last Cardinal to completely shatter the 100-point mark was Steve Cucinnati '01 as he collected 130 points over his 95 contests.
Wesleyan got a goal back vs. Williams with 8:23 left in the contest as James Kline '17 tapped in a cross-ice pass from Albrecht on the power play with Elliot Vorel '17 also getting an assist. That extended Vorel's point-scoring streak to all 11 games this season, and upped his team-leading point total to 23. But Wesleyan, which was outshot 38-29 in the contest, could not come up with the equalizer and could only pull goalie Dawson Springings '17 (35 saves) for the final 21 seconds.
At Middlebury, Wesleyan trailed just 1-0 after the first period, having been outshot 15-11. A pair of Middlebury power-play goals about 10 minutes apart in the middle stanza pushed the Panthers' lead to 3-0. Two more Middlebury tallies, the final one on the power-play at 15:39, making the Panthers 3-for-7 on the day, wrapped up the 5-0 decision. Middlebury launched 38 shots at the Wesleyan net with Sprigings coming up with 33 stops. Wesleyan had 25 shots.
Ahead for the Cardinals are a pair of NESCAC home games beginning with Colby Fri., Jan. 17 and finishing with Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 18. The game vs. Bowdoin will be webcast.