AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 8/10 Amherst College men's ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against Little Three rival Wesleyan University at Orr Rink Saturday evening.
Amherst (2-1-2, 1-0-1 NESCAC)
Wesleyan (0-1-4, 0-0-3 NESCAC)
- Amherst and Wesleyan ended the first period in a scoreless tie, with the Purple & White narrowly outshooting the Cardinals 8-7.
- Amherst drew first blood, with a shot from the left point through traffic by Kevin Ryder '16 lighting the lamp with 2:51 remaining in the second stanza.
- Wesleyan responded with renewed energy, but despite taking the game's next three shots on goal, the game remained in favor of the Purple & White as Amherst goaltender Dave Cunningham '16 was up to the task.
- Patrick Mooney '18 gave the Purple & White a two-goal cushion as he beat goaltender Dawson Sprigings on the power play after toe-dragging around a player and taking a shot from the slot. David White '18 and Thomas Lindstrom '18 picked up the helpers on the scoring play in the ninth minute of action.
- The Cardinals held the momentum in the final 11 minutes of regulation, scoring twice to send the matchup into overtime.
- Chad Malinowski made it a 2-1 contest with 6:51 remaining in the third period, ripping a low shot from the top of the right circle into the netting. Terence Durkin and Quincy Oujevolk were credited with the assists on the play.
- Up a man after pulling its goaltender, Wesleyan was able to tie the score at two with just 15 seconds remaining in the final period. Jay Matthews played hero for the Cardinals, beating Cunningham short side after winning the puck in a corner battle.
- Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the five minute overtime session, with Sprigings turning away two shots and Cunningham turning away four.
- The Purple & White, led by Ryder who finished with three shots on goal, finished 1-4 on the power play and put 20 shots on frame in the outing.
- The Cardinals finished the game 0-2 on the man advantage and were led offensively by a trio of skaters, Jay Matthews, Luke Babcock and Dylan Holze, who each put four shots on goal.
- Wesleyan goalie Dawson Sprigings made 18 saves in the tie, while Cunningham registered 28 stops, including 12 in the third period.
- The Purple & White return to the ice on Sunday Dec. 6 when they take on No. 3/4 and NESCAC rival Trinity College at Orr Rink beginning at 3 p.m.
- Wesleyan takes on Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.