Westfield, MA --- The Westfield State University club hockey team came into Saturday's game on a two game winning streak and was looking at playing five games in the next 14 days. The Owls came out strong, as the first period had a lot of back and forth action. The Anchormen would score with under a minute left in the first period with the man advantage to take the early lead.
Schyler Reilly would score his team leading ninth goal of the season 19 seconds into the second period. Reilly skated around the RIC defenseman and out waited goaltender Vinny Tudino and slid the puck into a wide open net. Rhode Island would jump out to a 3-1 lead before John Galvin buried a rebound off an offensive zone face-off and the Owls would once again head into the locker room trailing by a goal.
Westfield had their chances in the third period but couldn't manage to get the equalizer. Back to back penalties in the middle of the period broke up early momentum. It was a very evenly matched game between the two clubs. Rhode Island would add a goal with 1:04 remaining and an empty net goal with 18 seconds remaining to skate away with the 5-2 victory.
The Owls are back in action tomorrow, but this time off the ice, as they volunteer for the Rally for Moose road race in Holyoke to benefit the Fontenot Memorial Fund. They return on the ice, Tuesday November 11th, as they host Norwich University. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Fontenot Memorial Fund and the Barnes Airmen fund. The team will be wearing special camo jerseys in honor of the pilot. Please note, that there is a special 2:00 pm start for this event.
Goals: Reilly (9*) , Galvin (2*)
Goalie: Thornton (2-2-0-1)
Power Play: 0 for 5 (12.5 %)
Penalty Kill: 4 for 5 (83.9 %)