Wes men’s ice hockey got its first-ever NESCAC tournament win in a big way this afternoon, heading to Hamilton and rolling past the top-seeded Continentals 5-2. (Hamilton had gone 4-1-4 agains the NESCAC in the regular season (losing only 3-2 at Wes in the season’s second game.) Wes trailed 1-0 before the game was 90 seconds old but forged a 1-1 tie at intermission and held a 3-1 lead after two periods. Hamilton closed to within 3-2 with nine minutes left, but Wes added two goals in the last four minutes for the final.
Tom Salah ’12 (lower-left photo) had two goals, including an empty-netter with 2:37 left that iced the game. Tommy Hartnett ’14, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14, and Geoff Mucha ’12 also scored for Wes, and Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (lower-right photo) had 33 saves.
This is just the second time in NESCAC tournament history that a #8 seed has upset a top seed; the other came last spring, when men’s lax beat top-seeded Conn. College 6-5 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. (In other recent upsets, 7th-seeded men’s soccer took down second-seeded Williams 2-1 in OT last fall.)
The Cards will take on none other than second-seeded Williams in the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday, as the Ephs were the only higher-seeded team not to fall victim to an upset today. The game will likely be webcast as well. Go Wes!!
Another day, another enormous win for men’s ice hockey. Fresh off the first win over Middlebury in program history, Wes took down defending national champion Norwich, which entered the game ranked third in the country, 5-2, thanks in no small part to 47 saves from Matt “Hurricane” Hadge ’13 (main photo).
After a scoreless first period, Wes was outshot 18-5 in the second, but four of the Cards’ shots found the back of the net as Anthony DePietto ’11, John Guay ’13 (who had the game-winner at Middlebury), Adam Kaiser ’13, and Geoff Mucha ’12 spotted Wes a 4-0 lead at intermission. After Norwich made it 4-1 in the third, Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 answered back 13 seconds later to make it 5-1, before Norwich scored again late.
Wes has beaten Norwich only twice in program history in 18 all-time meetings, having also beaten the Cadets 4-1 in the 2006-07 season. The Cards will look to make it three straight over Vermont foes Saturday when they host St. Michael’s at 3:00.
Got a hockey helmet and skates laying around? Come out and play hockey every or any Sunday night. All skill levels welcome.
The immediate schedule is:
11/15 – 8:45pm – 10:15pm
11/22 – 10:30pm – 12:00am
Email asedney@wes, cbrannen@wes or llach@wes for more info.
Date: Nov. 15
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Place: Freeman Athletic Center, Ice Rink
Happy 25th anniversary to the men’s hockey team, which, on this day in 1974, defeated MIT 22-0 in good ol’ Wesleyan Arena (as it was known at the time).
That’s right. Not 2-0. Twenty-two to nothing.
Unfortunately, our records only go back to 1982, so I can’t provide much information about that game. Obviously, though, the 22 goals is a team record that still stands today. That total ranks 4th on the Division III all-time list; Wes is also second on the list in goals scored in a shutout. Wes ran its record against MIT to 5-0-0 with that win, and the teams haven’t met since.
Whatever you want to call them, Amherst’s men’s hockey team comes to town this weekend in the second game of the season for both teams–and one of the season’s biggest. For the underclassmen, the last time Amherst came to town was in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NESCAC Championship, when they took down Wes 2-0. You can read more about it here–and if reading that article doesn’t provide enough incentive to go to the game, I don’t know what does.
When Wes went to Amherst last season, there were 75 people at the game. Let’s show Amherst how a real school supports its hockey team.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Hockey rink (at Freeman)