Westfield, MA --- The Westfield State Owls defeated Sacred Heart University on Saturday afternoon 6-2 to improve their season record to 10-3-0-1. The Owls outscored the Pioneers 14-5 in the season series. After being delayed, the Owls got off to another slow start when Sacred Heart scored only 31 seconds into the game. The Owls would dominate most of the first period and out shot the Pioneers 27-15 but would head into the locker room trailing 1-0.
The Owls came out strong in the second period and would tie the game on a power play goal by Joey Green. Bobby Hayhurst's blast from the point went wide of the net and Green shot the puck past Sacred Heart's goaltender Andrew Calamari. The teams exchanged scoring chances in a chippy period as the teams combined for 10 penalties in the second period. The Owls would take a 2-1 lead into the intermission when Pete Richardson poked in a loose puck with 1.2 seconds remaining in the period. Anthony Hardy fired the puck towards the net and Richardson was there to poke it into the empty net.
The goal was a huge momentum booster for the Owls as they would go on to score 4 goals in the final 20 minutes. Tommy Bruso opened the period with a goal at 17:28 when Nico Gilbert found him in the slot. Ryan Leonard would give the Owls a 4-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 11:50. David Russo would pick up an assist on the 2 on 1 goal. However, Sacred Heart would score 35 seconds later on the power play to make it a 4-2 game midway through the third period. Tommy Bruso would score his second goal of the night at 10:03 to regain the three goal lead for the Owls. Anthony Hardy would close out the scoring with 1:17 remaining with a power play goal. The Owls would finish 2 for 8 with the man advantage.
The Owls host Harvard University on Saturday afternoon at 5pm. The Owls beat the Crimson 4-2 on December 3rd. The Owls will be celebrating "Senior Night" and it will be the last home game for coach Dr. Scott White. You can get game updates by following the club's twitter account at @wsuclub.
Goals: Green (1), Richardson (1), Bruso (2), Hardy (1)
Saves: Franco (35)
Power Play: 2 for 8 (25%)
Penalty Kills: 4 for 5 (80%)