Wesleyan University’s Marc Smith made 28 saves and the Cardinals posted a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.
The Continentals (5-7-0, 4-6 NESCAC) aim to get back in the win column on Saturday, Jan. 29 when they host Trinity College at 3 p.m. for another conference contest. Sean Storr ’22 made a season-high 32 saves, Joey Moore ’22 won 14 of 19 faceoffs and Sam MacBean ’23 blocked three shots.
Wesleyan (6-8-2, 5-4-2) swept the season series against Hamilton thanks to a 4-3 overtime victory in Connecticut back on Dec. 3. Stevie O’Connor won 9 of 14 faceoffs, Jake Lachance blocked three shots and Wiggle Kerbrat was credited with two assists.
The Cardinals scored three goals in a span of just under five minutes in the latter half of the first period. Emmet Powell kicked things off with a power-play goal with 8:24 left. Uri Lurie made it 2-0 with 4:04 remaining when he collected a loose puck off a turnover in Hamilton’s defensive zone and scored unassisted. Owen Sweet gave Wesleyan a three-goal cushion with 3:30 to go as the Cardinals outshot Hamilton 16-3 in the period.
The Continentals tried to rally in the third period as they held an 11-4 shot advantage in the final 20 minutes. Jeremy Smith ’24 pulled Hamilton within 3-1 with 6:33 left on his first goal for the Continentals. Hamilton was set up in the Cardinals’ defensive zone on a power play and Jordi Jefferson ’22 passed to Smith from the right faceoff circle for a one-timer from the point. The shot somehow found its way through three Wesleyan defenders and one of Smith’s teammates. Jefferson and Nick Rutigliano ’22 picked up their fourth assists this season.
The Continentals received another power play just 45 seconds after Smith’s goal. Hamilton took four shots during the two-minute opportunity, but only one found its way through to the Cardinals goaltender.
Storr was taken out for an extra skater with 3:03 remaining. The Continentals squeezed off three shots that were off-target in the final three minutes, and Sweet hit the right post with 1:45 to go in his bid for an empty-net goal.
Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play. Wesleyan held a 35-29 edge in shots.