Shelton, CT -- After being delayed for over an hour because there were no referees, The Westfield State Owls came out flat in a big divisional game against Sacred Heart. Westfield took five penalties in the first period and were caught in their zone for most of the period. With just under five minutes to go in the period, the Owls killed off a huge 5 on 3 for a full two minutes. Ryan DiMare played excellent in net and was one of the reason why Westfield only trailed by a goal going into the first intermission.
The Owls would even the score when Nick Rose circled around the left wing circle and fired a back hand shot into the net only 1:19 in the second stanza. However, that's the only offense the Owls would generate and Sacred Heart would go on to score three unanswered goals. It was still a 2-1 game with five minutes remaining but with goals at 15:27 and 18:50 the Owls would receive their first loss in seven games.
The Owls host Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon on Senior Night! It is another important game with playoff spots on the line. You can follow the game on twitter by following @wsuclub.
Saves: DiMare (39)
Power Play: 0 for 4 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 5 for 7 (71%)