Bridgewater, MA --- The Westfield State Owls defeated the Bridgewater Bears 5-3 in an afternoon tilt on Sunday. David Russo would put the Owls on the board first with 11:55 remaining in the first period with a wrist shot that beat Bears netminder Matt Scott five hole. The Bears would strike back 53 seconds later and the two teams would go into the first intermission tied at one goal a piece.
The Owls would regain their lead with 4:26 left in the second period with a power play goal from Joey Green. Corey Tobin and Rob Collins would pick up assists on the goal. However, Bridgewater would once again tie the game a minute later and the two teams would head into the second intermission tied once again.
The Owls would get back to back goals from David Russo and Anthony Hardy within the first 3 minutes of the third period and would give the Owls their first 2 goal lead of the game. Midway through the third, Rob Collins would score on a rebound from Anthony Hardy to make it 5-2 Owls. It took a team effort to beat the Bears as 9 different Owls found their way on the score sheet. Kevin Gilbert would add a goal for the Bears with 8:41 remaining in the game and the Owls would hold on for the 5-3 win.
The Owls will finish out the regular season on Friday night when they travel to face Merrimack College at 9:10 pm. You can get game updates by following the team's twitter at @wsuclub. Also, please keep checking back on the team's website for the latest information about the 2012 NECHA playoff schedule. We will post information as soon as we get it from the league.
Three Stars1) Rob Collins (Goal & Assist)
2) David Russo (2 Goals)
3) Nick Franco (24 Saves)
Key StatsGoals: Russo (2), Green (1), Hardy (1), Collins (1)
Assists: Keating (1), Tobin (1), Collins (1), MacDonald (1), Green (1), Bruso (1), Hardy (1), Salamon (1)
Saves: Franco (24)
Power Play: 1 for 6 (17%)
Penalty Kill: 8 for 8 (100%)