MIDDLETOWN, CT -- The Williams College Ephs (10-10-0, 6-8-0 NESCAC) were shutout by the Wesleyan College Cardinals (11-5-4, 7-4-3 NESCAC) 3-0 this afternoon in Cardinal territory. Wesleyan was able to pick up a goal in each period to steadily gain the momentum in the match.
Wesleyan faced Middlebury yesterday, and came away with a 3-1 victory. The Ephs took on Trinity yesterday, and came away with a tight 4-3 loss.
In net for the Ephs tonight was junior Michael Pinios, who stopped 35 shots in the contest. In between the pipes for the Cardinals was sophomore Tim Sestak, who picked up the shutout in the game, stopping all 21 shots that came his way.
The first Wesleyan goal came at 6:06 of the first period. Sophomore Tyler Wyatt picked up his eighth goal of the season on a play assisted by classmate Spencer Fox (12th assist) to bring the game to 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play.
Shot count in the first period was a balanced 9-8, with the Ephs having the slight edge in this regard.
The final two goals of the game for the Cardinals both came on the power play. In the second period, Williams junior Marcus Mollica was called to the box for charging, giving the Cardinals their second man advantage of the game. At 13:56, Cardinal senior Dylan Holze (14th goal), the team's leading scorer, was able to fire one past Pinios on the extra man play. Holze was assisted by sophomore Walker Harris (10th assist) and junior Chad Malinowski (eighth assist) to bring the game to 2-0 headed into the final period.
Shot count in the second period was an uneven 20-4, heavily in Wesleyan's favor.
At 14:29 of the third period, Eph junior Roberto Cellini was given a two minute minor for goaltender interference. Near the end of the two minute advantage, at 16:18, the Cardinals were able to convert on the extra man opportunity, with senior Jordan Jancze cashing in on his seventh goal of the season. Classmate Cam McCusker (eighth assist) and junior Sean Ross (second assist) earned assists on the play.
The game ended with a score of 3-0, with shot count in the third period rounding out at 10-8 for Wesleyan, with the game totals at 38-21.
On his team's performance in this matchup, Williams head coach Mike Monti contributed the following: "Tonight we did not play our game. It is unfortunate, but we have to remain vigilant of expectations moving forward."
The Cardinals are on the road next weekend, facing Bowdoin Saturday, February 10th, with puck drop at 7:00 PM.
The Ephs have back to back games against Middlebury next weekend. The first game takes place on home ice, February 9th, at 7:00 PM.