Men's hockey edged by Wesleyan
Wesleyan University built a 3-1 lead by the opening minute of the third period and the Cardinals defeated Hamilton College 3-2 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game at Wesleyan's Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Nov. 20.
Geoff Mucha ’12 scored what proved to be the deciding goal just 14 seconds into the final period as he took a pass from Tom Salah ’12 and one-timed a shot into the back of the net to spot the Cardinals (1-1-0 overall, 1-1 NESCAC) a 3-1 cushion. Adam Kaiser ’13 also got an assist on the play.
Hamilton (1-1-0, 1-1) cut the gap to 3-2 at 7:50 of the third when Michael DiMare ‘14 scored the second goal of his young collegiate career on the power play. BJ Lalonde ’12 set up the opportunity.
Wesleyan never trailed, and held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before extending the difference early in the third period. Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 picked up his first career goal at 1:07 of the second period to begin the afternoon’s scoring after a scoreless first period. Tasiopoulos found the net after a shot by senior Todd Keats during a Wesleyan power play.
Hamilton's Joe Buicko '11 tied the score with an unassisted goal at 8:27, also on the power play. Keats put Wesleyan back in front 2:51 before the end of the frame as he hooked up with sophomore Nick Craven and Kaiser to give Wesleyan the lead for good.
Scott Hefferman '14 had 28 saves for the Continentals and Glen Stowell '13 had 34 for the Cardinals. Hamilton held a 36-31 advantage in shots, and went 2-for-6 on the power play. Wesleyan was 2-for-3.
Hamilton returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23, as the Continentals host SUNY Cortland for a non-conference game.