Men's ice hockey edged in overtime

Mike DiMare '14
Mike DiMare '14

William Choi '13 scored the game-winning goal 2 minutes, 13 seconds, into overtime to lead Wesleyan University to a 4-3 victory over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Dec. 4.

It was the second goal of the year for Choi. Nik Tasiopoulos '14 scored his team-high seventh goal of the year, and Adam Kaiser '13 and Don Kleckner '13 each chipped in a goal for the Cardinals. Glenn Stowell '13 stopped 34 shots in goal.

Mike DiMare '14 led the Continentals with a goal and an assist, and Anthony Scarpino '12 and Anthony Ruberto '13 each added goals. Pat Curtis '15 recorded two assists, while Drew Jelinek '13 and Bryan Kelly '12 posted one apiece. Joe Quattrocchi '14 stopped 35 shots in net.

After two Wesleyan goals late in the third period, the game went to a five-minute sudden-victory overtime period. John Guay '13 won a faceoff in the Hamilton zone, and Choi's wrist shot from the blue line found the back of the net.

Wesleyan (4-3-0 overall, 2-2 NESCAC) opened the scoring at 18:02 of the first period when Keith Buehler '14 won a face-off in the Hamilton zone. Buehler played the puck back to the blue line, and Tasiopoulos fired a wrist shot that beat Quattrocchi. The Cardinals led 1-0 at the first intermission.

The Continentals nearly evened the score at 3:36 of the second period, but the puck was ruled to have been kicked into the net, and the goal was disallowed. Hamilton had a good opportunity to score after a five-minute major penalty was assessed to the Cardinals at 11:42 of the period. But Wesleyan was able to kill the penalty and maintain its 1-0 lead after two periods.

The Continentals evened the score with a power-play goal at 4:47 of the third, and then took a 2-1 lead just 10 seconds later. DiMare found the back of the net off a faceoff in the Cardinals' zone to pull Hamilton even. Curtis was credited with an assist.

After the ensuing faceoff at center ice, Curtis played the puck up the left side to a streaking DiMare, who collected and fed a pass to Scarpino at the far post for a one-timer to make it 2-1. It was the fourth goal of the year for Scarpino.

Hamilton extended its lead to 3-1 at 10:38 of the period when Ruberto scored his first goal of the year. Kelly played the puck up the left side to Ruberto, who then dropped the puck back to Jelinek. Cutting back towards the middle, Jelinek fired a shot towards the goal that Ruberto redirected into the net.

The Cardinals pulled back to within 3-2 on a power-play goal with 4:01 left. Tommy Hartnett '14 controlled the puck on the right side and slid a pass across the goal to Kaiser at the left circle for a one-time wrist shot that snuck inside the near post. Nick Craven '13 was also credited with an assist.

After removing its goaltender for an extra skater with 46 seconds remaining, Wesleyan pulled even with just 20 seconds on the clock. Following a shot that was blocked just in front of the goal, the puck came out to Kleckner on the left side, and he ripped a wrist shot into the net to make it 3-3. Ryan White '13 was credited with an assist on the play.

The Cardinals held a 39-37 shot advantage, and were 1-for-4 on the power play. The Continentals were 1-for-7 on the power play. Hamilton leads the all-time series 24-6-3, but Wesleyan has won the past three meetings.

Hamilton hosts Middlebury College for a NESCAC game on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

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