Men's Hockey Wins At Wesleyan
February 4, 2012
Middlebury scored twice in a span of 2:17 in the second period and added a short-handed goal early in the third for a 3-2 victory over Wesleyan in men's ice hockey action Saturday evening. Middlebury, which ended a four-game winless streak, evened its record at 8-8-3 and improved to 7-5-1 in NESCAC play. Wesleyan fell to 10-8-1 and 5-7-1 in conference action.
Sophomore Tom Freyre put the Panthers up 1-0 14:14 into the second frame. Junior Trevor Pollock fired a wrister from the point that was stopped by Wesleyan junior netminder Glenn Stowell, but Stowell was unable to control the rebound. Freyre corralled the puck and launched a shot from the left circle with Stowell out of position that found the back of the net for his second goal.
Junior Brett Brazier made it a 2-0 game at 16:31. With the Panthers on the power play, senior Charlie Strauss tracked down the puck behind the net after a wide shot and sent it to Brazier, whose shot from the left circle found the top-right corner of the goal. The goal was Brazier's second of the year.
Wesleyan halved its deficit 47 seconds later courtesy of sophomore Nik Tasiopoulos. Tasiopoulos launched a blast from the point that sailed over the right shoulder of Middlebury rookie netminder Dan Fullam at 17:18 for his 16th goal.
Middlebury was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing with 23 seconds remaining in the second period, but it was the Panthers that scored on the ensuing five-on-four skating. Sophomore Mike Longo took a pass from Pollock in front of the net and poked it in with 1:28 gone in the third period for his first goal of the year. The short-handed goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Wesleyan junior Will Choi made it a 3-2 game at the 5:23 mark. Choi's wrister from the right circle snuck under the crossbar, giving him his third goal of the year.
Middlebury was whistled for seven penalties in the game, including two in the final 5:33, but the Panthers' penalty kill unit prevented Wesleyan from cashing in. Wesleyan's best chance came when a pair of Middlebury penalties 26 seconds apart midway through the second gave the Cardinals an extended five-on-three, but Wesleyan was able to launch only one shot on goal during the power play.
Fullam finished with 24 saves in the Middlebury net, earning his first career win. Stowell had 25 stops for Wesleyan.
Middlebury leads the all-time series between the two teams 33-2-2, but Wesleyan had won the last two games, including a 5-4 overtime win in Middlebury, Vt., on Jan. 6. Wesleyan is still 0-17-1 all-time on its home ice against Middlebury, as the Cardinals also won in Middlebury by a 4-3 overtime count during the 2009-10 season.
Both teams hit the ice again on Sunday as Middlebury travels to Trinity College while Wesleyan hosts 14th-ranked Williams College.