Westfield, MA --- The Westfield State University club hockey team hosted the United States Coast Guard Academy in their first annual "Honor our Heroes" game on Monday afternoon. Before the game, American Legion Post 124 posted the colors and Pam Ardito dropped the ceremonial puck drop. After a slow start, Colin Pierce would give the Owls a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Westfield got back to back power play goals to start the second period from Dylan Burns and Schyler Reilly to jump start the Owls offense. The team would go on to score five goals in the second period and would take a commanding 6-0 lead into the final period. Dylan Burns, Colin Pierce and Steve Evans would get the goals in the second period.
Coast Guard would get a quick goal to start the third period when Nick Mombello beat Owls' netminder Nick Liberto. Mombello would pick up the hat trick for the Bears scoring all three of USCGA goals. Dylan Burns would get his third goal of the game 3:29 into the third for the Owls' first hat trick of the season. Steven Evans and Zach Smith would conclude the scoring and the Owls went on to win their fourth game of the season 10-3. Dylan Burns' and Zach Smith's goals were their first in their collegiate careers. After the game, both teams chatted and enjoyed a nice team meal.
Westfield's next game is Saturday when they host Rhode Island College. This will be the second meeting in eight days between the two teams. The Owls lost to the Anchormen 5-3 on Friday night. They then travel to Bridgewater State on Sunday for a 12:50pm conference tilt.
Goals: Pierce (2,3), Burns (1,2,3), Reilly (4), Evans (5,6), Rose (3), Smith (1)
Saves: Liberto (27 Saves, 2-2-0)
Power Play: 2 for 8 (16%)
Penalty Kill: 8 for 8 (87%)