WATERVILLE, Maine. -- The Cardinals scored three goals in a span of 59 seconds of the second period to turn a tight game into a 4-1 lead on the way to a 5-2 victory over Colby in the first game of a NESCAC weekend in Maine Fri., Feb. 14. The action concludes at Bowdoin Sat., Feb. 15.
Wesleyan moved to 11-8-2 overall and 6-8-1 in the league, in the thick of the race for the fourth a final home game in the upcoming NESCAC playoffs. Five teams are jammed within three points of each other behind leaders Trinity, Amherst and Williams.
Wesleyan scored first at 18:28 of the first period and never trailed in the contest. Keith Buehler '14 (photo) made a nice individual effort to beat a defender as he went around the goal and crossed the puck in front. Brad Improta '14 was there to score his second of the season.
Colby tied the game at 1-1 at 3:42 of the second period with a 4-on-4 score before the Cardinal eruption.
Wesleyan started the stunning scoring binge at 15:22 of the second period when Buehler picked up his 10th goal of the season from James Albrecht '15 and Tommy Hartnett '14.
The Cardinals made it 3-1 at 16:05 on the 10th goal of the year from James Kline '17 off assists from Jay Matthews '16 and Connor Ryan '15.
Just 16 seconds later, the Cardinals broke it open at 4-1. Cole Morrissette '17 got the puck to Jaren Taenaka '16 on the right boards. Taenaka broke in and made a quick crossing pass to Terence Durkin '16 for the one-timer, his third goal of the year.
Buehler made sure there would be no comeback with his second goal of the game, and third point, on the power play at 9:21 of the third. Albrecht had his second assist of the night and Eric Casey '16 had the other assist.
The Mules closed out the scoring at 16:50 of the third period to make it a 5-23 final.
Dawson Sprigings '16 made 22 saves in net for Wesleyan, with 10 coming in the third period as shots favored the Cardinals, 31-24. The Wesleyan win avenged an earlier overtime loss at home to Colby this season.