Westfield, MA --- It was a fast pace first period on Saturday night as the Westfield State Owls hosted New Haven in a NECHA American Conference game at Amelia Park. The Owls controlled most of the play in the New Haven zone but went into the first intermission scoreless. Ian Alexander scored at 14:06 of the second period to get the Chargers on the board. Brandon Martone would create a turnover at center ice and went in on a breakaway for the eventual game-winning goal with 3:27 remaining in the period.
Westfield never gave up and would make it a 2-1 game midway through the third period. Steve Evans skated down the left wing side and found Corey Jenks in front of the net who put it past JP Withington. Withington stood on his head all game stopping 38 shots and was the difference in this game. He also picked up an assist on the last Chargers' goal. The Owls penalty kill had a great night killing all six penalties and picking up a goal but spending half of the third period in the box would kill any chance the Owls had at gaining any momentum. New Haven would add an empty net goal with eight seconds left in the game for the 3-1 final.
Westfield returns to action on Friday night in another key conference game. They will be traveling to Rhode Island College. This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams. First puck drop is scheduled for 8:00pm in Pawtucket, RI.
Goal: Jenks (2)
Saves: Liberto (21 Saves, 1-2-0)
Power Play: 0 for 5 (18%)
Penalty Kill: 6 for 6 (90%)