MALDEN, Mass. - Keith Buehler scored two goals and goalie Dawson Sprigings narrowly missed a shutout as the Wesleyan University hockey team won 3-1 at Tufts in a NESCAC game Saturday night at Valley Forum.
Wesleyan stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory, improving to 8-6-1 overall and 3-6 in NESCAC. They swept the season series from the Jumbos including a 5-4 win to open the year in Connecticut back on November 15.
Tufts, which got 30 saves from senior goalie Greg Jenkins, dropped its fourth straight. The Jumbos are now 3-12 overall and 1-8 in the conference.
With Wesleyan leading 2-0 and Jenkins pulled for an extra attacker, Jumbo defenseman Brian Ouellette snuck a shot from the blue line through traffic and into the goal to cut the margin to 2-1 with 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Jumbos controlled the ensuing face-off and had the puck in the Cardinals' end, but Wesleyan was able to clear and Buehler flipped his second goal of the game into an empty net with three seconds on the clock to seal the win.
Sprigings made 31 saves for Wesleyan before losing the shutout late. He improved to 5-5-1 in goal. Jared Taenaka assisted on two Cardinal goals.
Buehler's first goal of the game and seventh of the season at 13:28 of the first period put the visitors up 1-0. The Jumbos killed two power plays late in the period to keep it a one-goal game.
In a quick second period featuring just one goal and no penalties, it was Wesleyan's Brad Improta with his first goal of the year at 4:45 for a 2-0 margin. Both goalies were sharp in the period, with Jenkins stopping 13 shots and Sprigings 12.
The Cardinals were whistled for a pair of penalties 1:03 apart early in the third, giving Tufts a 5 on 3 advantage for 57 seconds. However, Sprigings and the Cardinal D kept the Jumbos off the scoreboard.
Wesleyan finished with a slim 33-32 advantage in shots.
Both teams play tomorrow, with Tufts hosting Trinity at 4 pm and Wesleyan at Connecticut College starting at 3 pm.