Fall River, MA --- They say that over a season that everything evens out. Tonight was one of those games where the Owls received a lucky bounce and managed to pull out a point against division foe Roger Williams University. The Owls played one of their best defensive periods in the first period and held the Hawks to only 3 shots in the period. The Owls would strike first on the power play when Sean Parsons' shot from the point was re-deflected in front by Joey Green with 1:01 remaining in the first period. It was the third straight game that the Owls got the first goal of the game and would take the one goal lead into the locker room.
The Owls got a little sloppy with the details in the second period and Roger Williams would tie the game midway through the second period. The Owls were pressuring the Hawks in their own end but a quick break out caught the Owls in a bad line change as Ryan Seller would put the puck behind Owls netminder Ryan DiMare. DiMare played another solid game turning away 22 out of 24 shots.
In the third, Jared Rizzo would give the Hawks their first lead of the night only 2:33 into the third period. It was a pretty goal that caught the Owls watching the puck and Al Loebs' cross ice pass found Rizzo all alone in the face off circle for a wide open goal. The Owls would pull their goalie with 1:30 remaining in the game and had heavy pressure in the offensive zone. With 24 seconds remaining on the clock, Joey Green would score his second goal of the night to tie the game 2-2. Ryan Leonard and Schyler Reilly would pick up assists on the goal. The teams traded chances in the 5 minute over time period but the game would end with each team receiving a point.
It was an important game for the Owls as they finish with a 1-0-1 record versus Roger Williams as the two teams fight for a playoff spot in the Southwest Division in NECHA's American Division. The Owls return home on Sunday to face Bates College at 4:00 PM at Amelia Park. It will be the lone meeting of the season between the two teams.
Goals: Green (4,5)
Saves: DiMare (24)
Power Play: 1 for 5 (20%)
Penalty Kill: 2 for 3 (67%)