Jan 18, 2013
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --(Wesleyan University Sports Informatin) Junior Keith Buehler and senior Adam Kaiser paced a potent Wesleyan attack with a goal and two assists apiece as the Cardinals swept the season series against Conn. College tonight by capturing a 7-2 decision. The teams inaugurated the year against each other in New London back on Nov. 16 with Wesleyan capturing a 5-2 win. Wesleyan extended its current unbeaten streak vs. the Camels to six games (4-0-2) despite trailing in the long-standing all-time series, 20-34-3. Wesleyan is back on the ice Sat., Jan. 19, hosting Tufts to close out its home NESCAC weekend. Connecticut College travels to Trinity to face the Bantams Saturday. Trinity handed Tufts a 5-2 setback tonight.
Wesleyan got off to a fast start against Connecticut College, scoring a pair of goals just 18 seconds apart for a 2-0 lead by the time the game was 2:03 old. Freshman Jay Matthews did the honors on the first goal, taking a pass up the right side and skating hard into the Camels zone for a one-on-one situation against starting keeper junior Mike Petchonka. Matthews won the battle as he slipped the puck past Petchonka just inside the left post. Junior Derek Collins upped the margin to 2-0 with a goal in tight 18 ticks later and the period ended 2-0 in Wesleyan's favor.
The Cardinals again opened scoring early in the second period as Kleckner scored on the power play in close on the left after receiving a pass from low on the right by senior Nick Craven. With the assist, his first of two in the contest, Craven extended his point-scoring string to 12 straight games. Another power-play goal at 6:06, this time on a point shot by Buehler off a pass from the left circle by senior Tommy Hartnett, made it 4-0 and Petchonka was replaced by freshman Tom Conlin. Conlin allowed the final Wesleyan goal of the period, that by senior John Guay at 7:45 on a good individual effort out of the right corner to set up a shot in front, and two more in the third period, before giving way to junior Marcus Calvanico for the final 12:37 of the contest. Scoring the first goals of their careers for the Cardinals were freshman Alex Carlacci and sophomore Connor Ryan in the third period. Calvanico made four stops and did not yield a goal over his time minding the Camel net.
Connecticut College got on the board with the first of its two power-play goals, scoring at 14:44 of the second when junior Steve Servideo pounced on a rebound after an initial save by Wesleyan senior keeper Glenn Stowell, who finished with 15 saves. The Camels ended the day's scoring at 16:16 of the third when freshman Tim DiPretoro scored from a sharp angle 16 seconds before the end of Wesleyan's final penalty. Each team was whistled down just four times in the contest and each was 2-for-3 with the advantage.