Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
In the third, the Owls would score a controversial goal when M.I.T's netminder was off the ice for a delayed penalty. M.I.T had control of the puck when the penalty was committed and play continued. However, the Owls stole the puck away and fired it into the empty net. The referees gathered to discuss the situation and the goal was disallowed. The ref admitted he made a mistake and that the whistle should have been blown while M.I.T. had control of the puck. 3 minutes later, Westfield would make it a 1 goal game when Corey Tobin fed the puck to Tommy Bruso on the far post who put the puck in the net. However, 29 seconds later M.I.T. would score to win the game 4-2.
The Owls travel up to Vermont next Saturday to take on Norwich University. Westfield defeated the Cadets 12-2 when the two teams met in Westfield. Norwich played Sacred Heart tonight and the result is unknown at this time. On Sunday, MIT hosted Bates College and skated to a 3-3 tie.
Westfield Goals: Brett Salamon (4), Tommy Bruso (4)
Power Play: 0 for 3 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 5 for 6 (83%)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Westfield Goals: None
Power Play: 0 for 8 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 4 for 8 (50%)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Westfield, MA --- The Westfield State University Owls beat the Keene State College Owls by the score of 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep the season series. After a scoreless first period, Tommy Bruso fed a pass to forward Randy Zaterka who put the Westfield State Owls on top 1-0. Keene State would strike twice within 28 seconds to take the lead 2-1. Keene's second goal came with the man advantage. Westfield finished the night killing 8 of 9 penalty kills. Billy Keating would tie the game up at two after streaking down the right wing side and deking around a Keene State defender. The Owls would skate into the second intermission tied 2-2.
Westfield would take the lead 5 minutes into the third period when Tommy Bruso fired a shot from the point that beat Keene State netminder Aaron Testa. The goal was Bruso's 3rd of the year and came on the power play. Bobby Rash would also get his 3rd goal of the year only 38 seconds later on a short-handed breakaway to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Westfield State Owls. Bobby Rash would score another goal 3 minutes later to increase the Owls lead to 5-2.
The Owls travel to Troy, NY tomorrow afternoon to take on RPI. They look to split the season series with RPI and to improve their record to .500 against the Patriot Conference. The two teams met last weekend with RPI beating the Owls 4-0.
Westfield Goals: Zaterka (1), Keating (2), Bruso (3), Rash (3,4)
Power Play: 1 for 4 (25%)
Penalty Kill: 8 for 9 (88%)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Westfield, MA --- Westfield State dropped to 3-5-0 on the season as they allowed four third period goals as RPI went on to win 4-0. The Owls had plenty of good chances to capitalize on their power plays but were unable to beat Rensselaer's goaltender Billy Stuart. They finished the night 0 for 9 with the man advantage including two brief 5 on 3's.
Phil Ashley got the start for the Owls making 27 saves in the losing effort. His best save came midway through the second period when RPI was awarded a penalty shot. After Tyler Gloski scored with 15:22 left in the third period to break the scoreless tie, the Engineers scored on the power play 57 seconds later to make the score 2-0. The Owls finsihed the night killing off 5 of their 6 penalties. RPI would then go on to add two more insurance goals to win their 6th straight game.
Westfield State hosts the Keene State Owls on Saturday at 5 p.m. before traveling to Troy, NY for a rematch with the Engineers on Sunday at 3 p.m. In other conference games this weekend Sacred Heart scored five, third period goals, to come from behind to beat Bates College on Friday night. The two teams played again Saturday night with Sacred Heart beating Bates again 6-3.
Westfield Goals: None
Power Play: 0 for 9 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 5 for 6 (83%)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
In other action in the American Conference this weekend, MIT travels to Norwich on Sunday.
Owls Leading Scorers
# 4 Brett Salamon (2g, 4a, 6 pts)
#2 Ryan Mumford (2g, 4a, 6 pts)
#12 Bobby Rash (2g, 4a, 6 pts)
Bears Leading Scorers
# 19 Ryan Hebert (6g, 2a, 8pts)
# 21 Craig McKinnon (4g, 3a, 7 pts)
#9 Joe Gaughan (5g, 1a, 6 pts)
Bears Leading Goaltender
#31 Zach Dupere (4-1-0, 4.32 GAA, .88 save %)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Westfield would add 6 goals in the second period to take a commanding 11-1 lead heading into the final period. Goals were scored by Ryan Mumford, Bobby Rash, Pete Richardson, Nick Rose, Brett Salamon, and Sean Hayward.
Norwich would strike first in the third period on their second power play goal of the game when Kevin Young tapped in a lose puck behind Phil Ashley. Ashley finished the night making 33 saves. Rob Collins would close out the scoring when he scored his second goal of the season on a breakaway with only 1:37 remaining in the game. With the win the Owls improve their record to 3-3 and 1-1 overall in the American Conference.
In other games this weekend around the league, Bridgewater State completed the sweep of Sacred Heart by winning 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Westfield Goals: Rose (1,2), Rice (2), Lavimoniere (1), Rash (1,2), Richardson (2,3), Mumford(2), Salamon (2), Hayward (1), Collins (2)
Power Play: 4 for 11 (36%)
Penalty Kill: 4 for 6 (67%)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Minutemen would score twice in the second and once in the third before Tommy Bruso put the Owls on the board. The goal was Bruso’s second goal of the season and was a short-handed tally. In a penalty filled game that saw the Owls in the box for most of the night, UMass would score on the power play with only 1:48 remaining to seal the deal for the Minutemen. The Owls are now 0-2 this season against their Western Mass rivals.
Westfield Goals: Bruso (2)
Power Play: 0 for 4 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 6 for 9 (67%)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The game was a back and forth struggle for most of the first period when WSU went on the power play. One bad pass and a knuckling puck later KSC went in on a 3 on 1 and scored a short handed goal. The 1st period ended with WSU trailing by a goal.
The second period was a different story with WSU taking it to KSC for the majority of the period. With a hard fore-check, WSU forced KSC to turnover the puck throughout the period. Tommy Bruso, Ryan Mumford, and Sean Hayward tallied for the only goal in the second period, and WSU took a one to one tie into the locker-room.
In the 3rd period WSU took the body hard yet again and forced KSC to turnover the puck. A late penalty to WSU’s Bobby Rash gave KSC the break they where looking for and they capitalized scoring a power play goal with 4:44 left in the 3rd, putting WSU down by a goal again. Coach John Guagliardo called WSU’S time out with just over a minute left in the game and WSU was on a power play. With the faceoff deep in the KSC zone, Captain Josh Almieda won the most important face off of the game. WSU pressed the play when the puck found its way to Christopher Hess at the point who unloaded a shot, the rebound came out to Brett Salamon who buried it in the back of the net with just 46 seconds left in the period. This is the way regulation would finish in a 2 to 2 tie.
Overtime was the same for WSU pressing the action deep in the KSC zone. KSC could only dump the puck. The action ended up in WSU’S zone when Greg Rice sprung free for a break away, the KSC defender had to pull Rice down from behind, but the referee Mike O’Hearn called for a penalty shot for WSU’S newest player. The whistle blew to start the most exciting thing in sports: a penalty shot in sudden death overtime. Rice approached the puck with speed and entered the KSC zone faking a forehand shot to the glove side from the hash marks and taking it to his back hand and shooting the puck up and over the goaltender’s blocker into the top corner of the net for the victory. Welcome to the team Greg Rice.
Coach John Guagliardo said, “We would have never made it to overtime if it was not for the superb play of freshman goaltender Paul McCarthy”, who stopped 32 of 34 shots and improving his record to 2-0-0 while WSU is 2-2-0. The rest of the team played well according to their coach; however, there are still some bugs that need to be addressed.
WSU is back on the ice Saturday for their home opener against UMASS.
The 3 stars of the game where all #1 stars in the coaches eyes, Center Brett Salamon for tying the game at two, Goaltender Paul McCarthy for his stellar play between the pipes, and Greg Rice for his sudden death penalty shot goal to end the game in dramatic fashion.
FINAL SCORE: Westfield State 3 - Keene State 2 OT
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Owls would convert early in the third on the power play on Corey Tobin’s first goal of the season. The Owls would tie the game 1:17 into the third when Nico Gilbert batted a puck out of the air on a two on one into the back of the net. However, the Owls were undisciplined and Sacred Heart would go on to score the next three goals to win the game 7-4.
FINAL SCORE: Sacred Heart 7 – Westfield State 4
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Westfield State Owls (1-1) travel down to Bridgeport, Connecticut tomorrow night to take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-2). This is a crucial western division battle as the top two teams in the west qualify for the post-season.
Westfield State was 1-1 against Sacred Heart. They lost 6-4 when the teams first met down in Connecticut but was able to split the season series with a 4-2 win at Amelia Park.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
FINAL SCORE UMass 6 - Westfield 3