Kurlandski Lifts Jeffs Past Wesleyan, 3-2


Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Andrew Kurlandski ’14 broke up the left side and fired a slap shot past the outstretched glove of Wesleyan goalie Glenn Stowell ’13 for an unassisted short-handed goal with 6:20 left in the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie and propelling the visiting Amherst College men’s hockey team to a 3-2 NESCAC and Little Three win over Wesleyan University Friday night.

Amherst (4-1-1, 3-0-0 NESCAC) never trailed in the game as the Cardinals (3-3-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) came back to tie the score twice. The final tie came at 4:38 of the third period as Wesleyan’s Nick Craven ’13 netted his fifth goal of the season with a backhander from in front. But the second goal of the year for Kurlandski proved to be the difference as the final Wesleyan power-play of the night ticked down to the final 12 seconds.

Wesleyan's opening goal was on the power play as Tommy Hartnett ’14 converted for his fourth goal of the season at 9:23 of the second period off a rebound, countering the Jeffs’ initial go-ahead goal at 6:53 of the opening stanza off the stick of Aaron Deutsch ’15.  Deutsch took a feed from behind the net and found a spot low on the left side for his first goal of the campaign. Amherst regained the lead at 11:44 of the middle period with a man-advantage goal from Mike Moher ’13, the team's leading scorer with three goals and four assists. He hit an air-born puck into the goal about the same time the net dislodged from its moorings for a Amherst 2-1 edge.

Though Wesleyan was unable to capitalize on a two-man advantage for almost a minute near the end of the second period and another 3:46 of power-play time to start the third period due to a five-minute major against Amherst, the Cardinals did knot the count less than a minute after Amherst resumed skating at full strength.

Wesleyan had a slim 30-28 margin in total shots as Stowell finished with 25 stops while Nathan Corey ’13 registered 28 saves in the Amherst net.

Both teams return to action Saturday as Wesleyan hosts Hamilton while Amherst visits Trinity for a 4 p.m. contest.