First Place Wesleyan Shuts Out Hockey in NESCAC Game, 3-0

Recap courtesy of Wesleyan University

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan men's hockey team recorded its fifth shutout of the year with a 3-0 victory over Tufts on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Drew Hotte made 37 saves in the Tufts net

The Cardinals improve to 9-4-2 overall and remain the only unbeaten NESCAC team (8-0-2) in conference play. Tufts falls to 5-10-1, 2-7-1 after the last of seven straight games on the road. 

Tufts had a great opportunity to score 5:18 into the game, but Nick Schultze's shot from the doorstep was denied by Wesleyan goaltender Tim Sestak. The Cardinals got on the board with 15:10 expired during a power play. Vincent Lima sent a centering pass from the far post and Tyler Kobryn one-timed the puck into the net on the near side for the 1-0 edge. The Jumbos had a chance to knot the game at the 18:52 mark, but Justin Brandt's good bid was denied by a glove save from Sestak.

Out of the break, Tufts looked for the equalizer, but Machlan Sawden's shot from point blank was thwarted by Sestak. Wesleyan found the back of the goal a second time during a five-on-three situation at the 2:14 mark of the second frame. Tyler Wyatt tucked the puck inside the left post to make it 2-0. The Cardinals extended their lead to 3-0 with 10:01 expired in the second. Wyatt sent the puck from the slot to Tyler Levine on the right post, where his pass to the far side was one timed into the net by Spencer Fox.

Just 1:01 into the third period, Levine looked to tack on another tally, but his breakaway attempt was denied by Jumbo netminder Drew Hotte. Tufts' final quality opportunity to get on the board came with 9:05 expired, but Blake McIntyre's shot from the slot went just wide right.

Sestak recorded his fifth shutout of the season, making 25 saves, while Hotte had 37 stops for the Jumbos. Wesleyan held a 40-25 advantage in shots during the victory.

Tufts returns home to Valley Forum next Friday night when they will face Williams College in NESCAC game. The Cardinals will entertain Post on Tuesday at 8:00 pm.