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Wesleyan 3, Connecticut College 1 White Ignites Crowd of 557 with 2nd Period Score

Wesleyan 3, Connecticut College 1 White Ignites Crowd of 557 with 2nd Period Score

NEW LONDON, Conn.—(Paul Brandon Photo, William White (Frisco, Texas) scored a second period goal to bring a crowd of 557 fans to their feet but it was not quite enough as Wesleyan University was able to hold off Connecticut College to take a 3-1 victory in the conference opener for both sides.

Sophomore forward Andy Espinoza (Abington, Pa.) and Walker Harris (Boulder, Colo.) scored goals 2:52 apart in the opening period to vault the Cardinals out to a 2-0 advantage. Chris White (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) tacked on an insurance goal for Wesleyan in the middle period. 

Senior Dawson Sprigings (Toronto, Ont.) stopped 28 of 29 shots in goal for the winning side.

Connecticut College senior Austin Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) made 18 saves in 30:30 of action. Tim Cooney (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made 10 saves in relief duty. 

The Camels certainly had some chances but Sprigings was terrific in the trenches. With 16:22 remaining in the opening period, Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) walked in and made a nice move with a backhanded shot but Sprigings was able to make the save at the near post.

Connecticut College had another terrific scoring chance to close the gap in the third period. Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) went ups stairs with a wrist shot from the left circle but Sprigings got his stick on the puck and the visitors were able to hang on for the 3-1 victory.

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