Cardinals Clip Corsairs

Cardinals Clip Corsairs

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan University scored three, second-period goals in the span of four minutes to cruise to a 6-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon in a NCAA Division III men's ice hockey game at Spurrier-Snyder Arena.

The Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 2-4, while the Corsairs lost for the third consecutive contest to fall to 1-6-2.

Freshman Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) produced the lone marker for the visitors to cap the scoring at the eight minute, 47 second mark of the third period.  The rookie winger converted a feed from junior Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) and classmate John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) to find the back of the net for the third time in the past four games.

Sophomore netminder JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) recorded a career-high 52 saves in 60 minutes of action.  He registered 21 stops in the first period to keep UMass Dartmouth within striking distance, trailing 2-0 at the break.

Wesleyan sophomore James Kline (Pittsburgh, Pa.) powered the hosts' attack with three points, on two goals and an assist.  Junior Alex Carlacci (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) handed out three helpers, while classmate Jay Matthews (Marshfield, Mass.) netted a pair of markers, including the game-winner.

The Cardinals wasted little time in lighting the lamp as sophomore Robby Harbison (Pittsburgh, Pa.) cracked the scoring column just 98 seconds into regulation.  Matthews scored the eventual game-winner just 20 seconds before the intermission to double the hosts' advantage.

Wesleyan exploded for three goals within the span of four minutes, four seconds to seize control of the contest.  Kline sandwiched his fourth marker of the season between a pair of assists to stake the Cardinals to a 5-0 lead.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, when the Corsairs host Curry College.