Wesleyan Shuts Down Eastern Connecticut

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 11) - Holding an Eastern Conn. offense that came into the game averaging over 11 goals a contest while scoring no less than eight goals in any game this season to just three while shutting Eastern (5-5) out over the opening 38:55, Wesleyan (8-2) came away with a 9-3 home victory here today. Wesleyan moved ahead in the overall series between the squads, 5-4, and has now won the last three encounters.

The Cardinals took the lead for good on the first point of the game by senior DJ Bernatavitz as he converted a shot from the right side off a pass from senior Max Landow into the only goal of the first quarter with 9:16 to go. Bernatavitz added three points in the second quarter as Wesleyan tacked on five goals to hold a 6-0 lead at halftime.

Bernatavitz fed sophomore Aidan Daniell for his first of two goals in the stanza at the 12:54 mark. Then long-pole junior Brendan Hanley scored from long range eight seconds later to make it 3-0. Landow took a pass from Bernatavitz on a fast break and scored from in front to make it 4-0 at the 8:41 mark.

The next two Cardinal goals both came during a man-up situation with Daniell and Bernatavitz doing the honors. Daniell l;eads Wesleyan in scoring on the year with 22 points (13-9-22).

The teams scored evenly over the final two periods with each netting a pair in the third quarter and one in the final frame. Sophomore Mike Devine had a goal and an assist for the Warriors, upping his season total to 35 points on 29 goals and six assists.

Top scorer senior Michael Sullinger ended Eastern's scoring drought at 6:05 of the third period, making it 7-1 at the time. Eastern also got a goal from sophomore long-pole Mike Fanning. Wesleyan's final three goals came from senior John Froats, sophomore Graham Macnab and sophomore Remy Lieberman.

Cardinal keeper senior Grant Covington allowed just two goals over 52:25 of coverage time and posted six saves. Playing the final 7:35, sophomore Mark Simmons made one save and permitted the final Eastern tally. Senior Jamie Tommins racked up 15 saves in the Eastern net as the Cardinals nearly doubled up on Eastern in the shot department, 39-21.

Next up for Wesleyan is a critical NESCAC match-up with Bowdoin Sat., April 14 as both teams come into the contest in the top half of the NESCAC rankings. Eastern returns to action Saturday as well, hosting Plymouth St. in an important Little East battle. Both squads are 2-0 in conference play.


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