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Wesleyan’s Third Period Scoring Outburst Upends Men’s ice Hockey

Brett Stirling

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Wesleyan broke a third-period deadlock by scoring three unanswered goals to upend the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team, 6-3, on Friday evening.

Connecticut College erased a two-goal deficit from earlier in the game when freshman Anthony Quatieri (Peabody, Mass.) scored a power play marker 4:09 into the third period to tie the game at 3-3. The Cardinals, however, responded by getting a go-ahead goal from Walker Harris and took control from there. The hosts killed off a slashing penalty in the waning minutes and then scored two empty net goals in the final 1:02 of the contest - and 31 seconds apart – to remain the only unbeaten team in NESCAC play.

The beginning of the game was a seesaw affair, as Hunter Vannier put Wesleyan (8-4-2, NESCAC 7-0-2) on the board just 2:46 in before the Camels answered with freshman Kyle Shero (Westwood, Mass.) providing his first marker as a collegian less than five minutes later. Even though Wesleyan was able to capitalize twice on special teams by getting a shorthanded goal from Tyler Levine and another on a power play courtesy of Andy Espinoza, the visitors once again fought back and tied the score for the second time early in the third. Unfortunately, the Cardinals were able to respond again in the 12th minute of the third and final frame to regain the lead and momentum the rest of the way.

Tim Sestak picked up the win between the pipes by making 25 stops over more than 47 minutes of playing time for Wesleyan, which was outshot by a 37-28 margin. Junior Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 22 saves in defeat.

Connecticut College (4-10-1, NESCAC 0-8-1) will face another challenging opponent when it visits No. 8 Trinity for a 4 p.m. matinee tomorrow afternoon.