Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Little III Rival Wesleyan, 3-0

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Little III Rival Wesleyan, 3-0

NEW LONDON, Conn – The Purple & White out shot the Cardinals, 25-23, but a power play score and two goals late in the third proved too much to overcome as the No. 13/11 Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Wesleyan University, 3-0 Friday evening at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 3-1-1 on the season and to 0-1-1 in conference play, while Wesleyan improves to 4-1-0 overall (2-1-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3 when they travel to No. 14 Trinity College for a 4 p.m. conference bout. 

In an evenly matched contest, both sides registered five shots each in a scoreless opening period.

Up a skater, James Kline tallied what proved to be the game-winner with 4:58 to play in the second stanza. Gathering a cross-ice pass from Walker Harris on the back door, Kline slid a low shot between the post and the sliding netminder to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.  

Senior captain Chris Roll and sophomore Max Roche responded with scoring opportunities of their own in the following ten minutes of action, but Dawson Sprigings was able to make stops on both plays.

Pressuring the Purple & White with three minutes remaining in the third period, Dylan Holze notched his second goal of the year to give Wesleyan a 2-0 edge. Controlling a dish from Harris in the slot on a 2-v-1, Holze ripped a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net.  

Amherst pulled their goalie in a final effort to get on the board, however Quincy Oujevolk logged an empty net insurance tally with 27 seconds on the clock to help the Cardinals secure the 3-0 win.

GAME NOTES

  • Connor Girard '18 (1-1-1) racked up 23 saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the loss, while Sprigings (3-1-0) recorded 25 stops in the winning effort for the Cardinals.
  • Amherst owned a 25-23 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
  • Up a skater, the Purple & White went 0-for-5, while Wesleyan finished 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Phil Johansson '19 led Amherst with five shots, while Noah Gilreath '20 took four shots in the contest.
  • With five shots, Kline led the Cardinal offense, while Harris added four shot attempts.