Westfield, MA --- It was a typical Westfield State – Bridgewater State battle Saturday night at Amelia Park. In a high scoring, heavy checking game, the Owls dropped their season opener to the Bears 5-4. Bridgewater State would get on the board first at the 12:13 mark of the first period. After a scrum in the front of the net, Conor Mahoney hand passed the puck to Kyle Anderson who would fire the puck into an empty net. The Owls would tie the game at one when Brian Gareffi’s shot from the point was tipped in front by Anthony Aspromonti.
The Owls would find themselves in trouble midway through the second period when they took three straight penalties. Bridgewater would capitalize on their third chance with a goal by Mason Yates. In a game that the Owls never led, they fought hard to tie it up on the power play with 15 seconds remaining in the second period. David Russo’s pass from behind the net found captain Greg Rice in the slot for the one-timer.
It only took Bridgewater 12 seconds into the third period to once again take a one goal lead. Three minutes later, Kyle Murray would score in his first collegiate game to tie the game 3-3. The teams would trade power play goals midway through the third period. It seemed like the Owls had the momentum and had several chances to take their first lead of the game but it would be Bridgewater State getting the go ahead goal with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
The Owls would like to thank all their fans for coming out for the home opener. It was a great crowd and we hope to see everyone back next Saturday when they host Roger Williams at 5 PM. The Owls travel to Worcester, MA on Friday night to take on division rival Holy Cross. You can get game updates by following the team’s twitter at @wsuclub.
Goals: Aspromonti (1), Rice (1), Murray (1), Green (1)
Saves: Franco (32)
Power Play: 2 for 4 (50%)
Penalty Kill: 3 for 5 (60%)