Men's Hockey Plays Little III Rival Wesleyan to 1-1 Overtime Draw

Men's Hockey Plays Little III Rival Wesleyan to 1-1 Overtime Draw

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Amherst College men's hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime draw against Little III Rival Wesleyan University Friday evening at Spurrier-Snyder Rink – the fourth consecutive tie between the sides dating back to the 2016-17 season. 

With the draw, Amherst moves to 2-2-1 on the year and to 0-1-1 in league play, while Wesleyan moves to 2-2-1 overall (2-0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1 when they travel to conference for Trinity for a 4 p.m. battle. 

After a scoreless first stanza, the Mammoths got on the board at the 10:47 mark in the second period behind sophomore Jack Lloyd's second score of the winter. Taking advantage of the 3-v-1 opportunity, Lloyd ripped a wrist shot from the top of the left circle over the shoulder of the Cardinals' keeper, blocker side. Pieter von Steinbergs '21 and P.J. Conlon '20 were credited with the assists on the goal.

Deadlocking the contest 55 seconds into the third period, Sean Ross tallied a power play score. Working the puck around the zone, Ross one-timed a dish from Chad Malinowski from the right dot over the goal line.

The teams skated through an overtime period, but neither team was able to produce any quality opportunities as they finished in a 1-1 draw. 

In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (2-0-1) racked up 32 saves for Amherst in the draw, while Tim Sestak (2-1-1) made 34 stops for Wesleyan.

The Mammoths owned a 35-33 edge in shots on target in the matchup and went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Cardinals finished 1-for-5 up a skater.