Westfield, MA --- It was a wild game Saturday afternoon in Westfield that saw 12 goals and 17 penalties combined but the Owls fell short and lost to St. Anselm College by the score of seven to five. The Owls got off to another great start and they controlled much of the first half of the first period. They would get on the score board first when Anthony Aspromonti chipped in a loose puck in front of the net to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. Brian Garreffi and Tim Walsh would pick up assists on the goal. However, it went south quickly for the Owls. St. Anselm would score four goals in seven minutes to take a commanding 4-1 lead late in the first period. The Owls would cut the lead in half before heading into the locker room with a power play goal from Ryan Leonard. After the first period, Ryan DiMare replaced Nick Franco to start the second period. Franco finished the night facing 9 shots.
The Owls quickly erased the Hawks two goal lead within the first two minutes of the second period. Greg Rice would bat the puck in below the cross bar only 1:38 into the period. Rice would then pick up his second goal of the night only 17 seconds later to tie the game at four. Penalties would once again hurt the Owls and midway through the game Jake Ouellette would score a power play goal to put the Hawks up by a goal. Schyler Reilly continued his great weekend by scoring his fourth goal of the weekend to once again tie up the game. Reilly came in all alone in front of the net and patiently waited to dek out the goalie and put the puck into the empty net. St. Anselm would regain their lead 35 seconds later when Kevin Haley picked up the eventually game-winning goal with 3:19 remaining in the second period.
The Owls continued to attack early in the third period but ended up getting into penalty trouble half way through the period. Andrew Sterling would give the Hawks an insurance goal with 9:52 remaining in the game. Sterling's goal came on the power play which was two for six against the Owls.
The Owls will be back at it on Friday night at 6:00 PM when they travel down to Fall River to play Roger Williams University. The two teams met last weekend with Westfield defeating the Hawks 3-2.
Goals: Aspromonti (3), Rice (3,4), Reilly (5)
Saves: Franco (5), DiMare (24)
Power Play: 1 for 4
Penalty Kill: 4 for 6