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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Westfield Advances To University Cup Finals With 4-2 Win

Lowell, MA -- After a scoreless first period, the two teams battled hard in the second period and would combine for 52 penalty minutes. Cole Connolly would put the Owls on the board with the man advantage half way through the second period. Joe Almeida passed the puck up to the point where Connolly would rip a slap shot to beat the River Hawks netminder glove side. UMass-Lowell would get a power play goal of their own and the teams would head to the second intermission tied at one. 

Starting the third period on the power play, Colin Pierce would slide a pass to Owls' Captain Schyler Reilly to put them in the lead just a minute twenty in. It was a special teams battle as both teams would score twice on the man advantage as Lowell would tie the game midway through the third with a shot from the blue line. John Galvin, would give the Owls the 3-2 lead with 6:21 remaining in the game when he was able to tip in a shot in the crease area. Joe Santaniello would score a short-handed empty net goal to give the Owls a 4-2 victory to send then into the championship game of the University Cup. 

Westfield will host Rhode Island College on Saturday for their final game on the Fall semester and will be sporting new home jerseys. Details about the University Cup Finals will be released later this week. 

Goals: Connolly (2), Reilly (9), Galvin (3), Santaniello (6)
Goalie: Thornton (5-7-0)
Power Play: 2 for 7
Penalty Kill: 7 for 9

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Westfield Drops Pair Of Games Before Thanksgiving

TRINITY 5 - WESTFIELD 3

Goals: Houda (4,5,6)
Goalie: Flibotte
Power Play:1 for 6
Penalty Kill: 0 for 2

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ROGER WILLIAMS 5 - WESTFIELD 4

Goals: Reilly (7), Bassett*, Kenny (2), Almeida (3)
Goalie: Thornton,  35 Saves
Power Play: 1 for 5
Penalty Kill: 3 for 4

Friday, November 20, 2015

Owls Travel To Trinity & Roger Williams This Weekend

Westfield, MA -- The Owls will be on the road for two games this weekend before they head off for Thanksgiving break. Saturday's game at Trinity has been pushed back to an 8:45 pm start. Westfield will then travel on Sunday to Fall River to take on Roger Williams in a conference match for second place.  

TRINITY COLLEGE
Koeppel Community Sports Center
175 New Britain Ave 
Hartford, CT 06114

ROGER WILLIAMS
Driscoll Arena 
272 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Monday, November 16, 2015

Westfield 4 - Sacred Heart 2

Bridgeport, CT -- Westfield State improved their conference record to .500 and jumped into a three way tie for second place in the American Conference with a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart University on Friday night. Zach Vatcher gave the Owls a 1-0 lead midway through the first period as his shot from the slot beat Pioneers netminder Brandon Rozzi. The Owls looked to extend their lead with the man advantage but a blocked shot led to a short-handed goal to tie the game. With time expiring in the first period, Joe Almeida would give the Owls the lead when he converted on a two on one opportunity. 

Westfield would get a short-handed goal of their own to make it a 3-1 game. After a blocked shot, Kris Houda was off to the races and banked home his own rebound for his third goal of the season. Chase Thornton stood tall in net, making several nice saves to preserve the lead going into the final period. 

Sacred Heart was able to catch a lucky break with 5:11 remaining in the game. The Pioneers kept the puck alive in their offensive zone. A defenseman threw the puck towards the front and went off a forwards shin guard towards the net. The forward in front hacked through Thornton's pads and it was a one goal game. The two teams exchanged power play opportunities in the closing minutes before Schyler Reilly added an empty netter to seal the 4-2 victory for Westfield. 

Westfield returns to action on Saturday night as they travel to Trinity College. Last week, the two teams combined for 14 goals in a back and forth game. On Sunday, the Owls have a quick turnaround as they play at Roger Williams at 11:30 AM. 



Goals: Vatcher (2), Almeida (2), Houda (3), Reilly (6)
Goalie: Thornton, 39 Saves (4-6-0)
Power Play: 0 for 5 (11%)
Penalty Kill: 8 for 8 (85%)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Owls Raise Over $800 In Fundraising Game

Westfield, MA --- On Wednesday afternoon the Westfield State club hockey team played their third annual Veteran's Day game against Norwich University. This year's fundraiser was for Major Glenn "Chugs" Milliken who is a local pilot at Barnes that is battling cancer. Between ticket sales, donations and raffle items, the team was able to raise over $800 to give to "Chugs" through the Check-6 Foundation. Before the game, the colors were presented by the VFW State Honor Guard and Col. James Keefe dropped the ceremonial puck drop. Col. Keefe was joined by Harrison, Glenn's son. 

Norwich University would score a power play goal with 3:46 remaining in the first period. The two teams battled back and forth during the second period but neither team was able to score a goal. In the third, the intensity and the checking started to pick up with a few big hits. Norwich would add an insurance goal with 3:21 in the game to get the 2-0 victory. Chase Thornton was strong in net making several big saves in the third to keep the Owls within striking distance.

Westfield heads to Bridgeport, CT on Friday to face Sacred Heart University. Game is at 8 pm and is being played at the Wonderland of Ice. It will be a battle for second place in the American Conference's Southwest Division. 


Goals: None
Power Play: 0 for 3 (14%)
Penalty Kill: 5 for 6 (83%)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Reilly's Hat Trick Leads Owls To 8-6 Win Over Trinity College

Westfield, MA --- It was a back and forth game as the Owls picked up their second win in as many days as they defeated Trinity 8-6. Nate Maillet would pick up his first collegiate win in his first start, stopping 33 of 39 shots. Westfield would jump out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Mark Eagles and Schyler Reilly. However, Ben Barton would score two goals in the final five minutes of the period to even the score heading into the second period. 

The Owls would regain their two goal lead as they came out flying in the second. Schyler Reilly would score his second of the night only 1:38 into the period. Connor Sweeney would skate in on a three on one and snipe a shot past Travis Gubernick. Midway through the game, the Bantams would strike twice in two minutes to tie the game at 4-4. At 11:55, Schyler Reilly would complete the hat trick as he was set up all alone after a turnover at the blue line. With 2:55 remaining in the second, it appeared that Trinity College once again tied the game. Play went on two minutes without a whistle. Once the play stopped, the officials met at center ice to discuss the play. The two trailing officials, both believed that the puck went in and out because of the newly strung net. Time was put back on the clock and the game was tied 5-5. Zach Vatcher, playing an offensive shift, would get his first goal of the season as he crashed the net on a Brian Bassett shot giving the Owls a 6-5 lead. 

In  the third, Trinity would score a short-handed goal with 3:24 remaining in regulation. However, the Owls did not need overtime as they scored another late goal with 1:42 remaining as Danny Hamilton scored his first collegiate goal. Joe Santaniello would add an empty netter with eight seconds left in the game.

Westfield State returns to action on Wednesday as they host their third annual Veteran's Day game. Their opponent will be Norwich University and will have a special 2:00 pm face off. This is a fundraising game and Westfield passes or season tickets will not be accepted. 100% of ticket sales and raffles will go to Glenn "Chugs" Milliken and the Check-6 Foundation. For more information, please check our flyer on the Veteran's Day tab. 


Goals: Eagles (1), Reilly (3,4,5), Sweeney (4), Vatcher (1), Hamilton (1), Santaniello (5)
Goalie: Maillet, 33 Saves - (1-0-0)
Power Play: 1 for 3 (15%)
Penalty Kill: 1 for 2 (83%) 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Westfield Scores Twice In Final Minute To Beat #13 UConn

Bolton, CT - Westfield State University defeated #13 Univ. of Connecticut (A) on Friday night to improve their conference record to 2-3-0. Four minutes into the game, Mike Keating would strike first for the Huskies. The Owls battled back scoring the next three goals in a span of five minutes. Colin Pierce would find Joe Santaniello on a nice two on one to tie the game at 13:14. Two minutes later, Tyler Reopel would find Alex Metropoulos in front of the crease for his first collegiate goal. Colin Pierce would increase the lead to 3-1 as he skated down the right wing side and was able to beat goaltender Zach Phillipson. Clay Sosnowski would score towards the end of the period and the Owls would take a 3-2 lead into the second period. The Huskies would score the only goal in the second period as Ken Kochiss would send the two teams into the locker room tied at three goals apiece. 

University of Connecticut would get their first lead of the game midway through the period. With under a minute left in the game, the Owls would pull their goalie in exchange for an extra attacker. Defenseman, Connor Sweeney, hopped onto the ice and picked up the puck. He skated the length of the ice tying the game with 49 seconds left. With an offensive zone face-off and 15 seconds left in the game, Westfield used their timeout. The Owls won the draw and Colin Pierce threw the puck on net. The puck went up in the air off the goalie and captain Schyler Reilly was there to put home the game winning goal with seven seconds remaining. Westfield and UConn split the season series each scoring seven goals. 


Goals: Santaniello (4), Metropoulos (1), Pierce (3), Sweeney (3), Reilly (2)
Goaltender: Thornton, 33 Saves - (3-5-0)
Power Play: 1 for 5 (13%)
Penalty Kill: 3 for 3 (84%)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Disciplined Hockey Leads Owls to Victory


Westfield, MA -- In a Halloween match up, the Owls were able to skate away with a 4-3 victory over Roger Williams on Saturday. Joe Santaniello, would score his third goal in as many games to put Westfield up 1-0 on the power play. Matt Arena would double the lead in the second period when his centering pass from the corner deflected off a defender and into the net. A little over a minute later, Anthony Aspromonti would score a break away goal to put the Owls up 3-0 early in the second period. Roger Williams would score on a break away of their own midway through the period as the home team would go into the third period with a 3-1 lead.

Westfield was disciplined for most of the game, only being short-handed once. This allowed all four lines to be involved and contribute. Lucas Zuspan would make it a one goal game with five minutes left in the game. With the teams skating four skaters each, Connor Sweeney would rush the length of the ice and sneak a shot past Harrison Fabris to regain the Owls two goal lead. With the goalie pulled and the face off in offensive zone, the Hawks were able to score with 36 seconds remaining in the game. However, the Owls were able to hold on to secure their first two conference points of the season.

The team will continue conference play on Friday night as the Owls travel down to Bolton, CT to face University of Connecticut. The two teams met earlier in the month with UConn sneaking out a 2-1 win. Game time is scheduled for 8:10 pm. Westfield returns home the next night, as they host Trinity College at 5 pm. 


Goals: Santaniello (3), Arena (1), Aspromonti (2), Sweeney (2)
Goalie: Thornton, 40 Saves 
Power Play: 1 for 5 (11%)
Penalty Kill: 1 for 1 (82%)

2015 Veteran's Day Game


Westfield, MA -- The Westfield State University club hockey team announced that proceeds from their third annual Veteran's Day game will benefit Major Glenn "Chugs" Milliken and the Check-6 Foundation. "Chugs" is a Fighter Pilot with the 104th Fighter Wing of Westfield, Massachusetts who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment. 

The Check-6 Foundation is helping him and his family through this, as their mission is to provide direct financial aid to seriously ill children and veterans in need. Please visit their website to find out information about the Foundation and ways to help at www.check6.org . 

100% of the funds raised through ticket sales and raffles will benefit the Milliken family. The team is currently accepting items and services to be raffled off during the game on November 11th against Norwich University. Please contact Coach Lachance at mmjl87@gmail.com for more information. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Owls Host Roger Williams on Halloween



  • OPPONENT: ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY HAWKS
  • DATE: OCTOBER 31st, 2015
  • TIME: 5:00 PM
  • PLACE: AMELIA PARK ARENA 
Westfield State University students who dress in a Halloween costume to the game on Saturday, October 31st will receive a FREE ticket WITH a WSU student ID

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Eastern CT 5 - Westfield State 2

Westfield, MA -- After a great start, Westfield ran into penalty problems as Eastern Connecticut defeated the Owls 5-2 on Saturday night. Joe Santaniello would put home a Colin Pierce rebound 9:28 into the first period to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. Eastern Connecticut would score on the power play with 36 seconds left in the first to knot the score up at 1-1. John Galvin would get the goal back only 14 seconds later when his shot from the left circle beat Warriors goaltender Alec Bliesener. 

Penalties once again haunted the Owls as they would take 15 minutes worth of penalties in the second period. Eastern CT would score on a 5 minute major to take a 3-2 lead heading into the final period. Chase Thornton made several saves in the second period to keep the game close. He would finish the night making 50 saves. In the third, Eastern would score an insurance goal midway through the period. They would also score an empty netter to make it a 5-2 final. 

Westfield looks to bounce back on Saturday as they host Roger Williams University in another key conference game. Game time is at 5:00 pm at Amelia Park Arena. All students who are dressed in a costume will get in free with a WSU student ID. 


Goals: Galvin (2), Santaniello (2)
Goaltender: Thornton, 50 Saves
Power Play: 0 for 3 (9%)
Penalty Kill: 7 for 9 (81%)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Balanced Offense Helps Owls to 6-1 Victory

South Windsor, CT -- The Owls captured their first win of the season on Saturday night as they defeated the Univ. of Connecticut Blue Huskies 6-1. Colin Pierce would put the Owls on the board early as he tipped in a shot from the point for his second goal of the season. Kris Houda would double the lead 23 seconds later on a breakaway. Anthony Aspromonti would score his first of the season when Kris Houda's centering pass found Aspromonti in front of the net for the one timer. 

Westfield would add a shorthanded goal in the beginning of the second to increase their lead to 4-0. Colin Pierce won the draw back to Pat O'Neil, who cleared the puck to Joe Santaniello. Santaniello would convert on the breakaway as he slid the puck past Huskies netminder John Sullivan. The Owls were able to kill all seven of the Huskies power plays and added a Connor Sweeney wrap around on the man advantage. Connecticut's Chance Foster would spoil Chase Thornton's shut out bid with 8:18 remaining in the second period. Chase would pick up his first win of the season before Sophomore goaltender, Jeremey Flibotte, came in to see his first action of the season.  Brian Bassett would crash the net on an Alec Metropoulos rebound to seal the 6-1 victory for the Owls.

The team would like to thank the Sweeney's for providing the post game meal. On Saturday, Westfield (0-2) hosts Eastern Connecticut (3-0) in a key conference match up. The game is at 5 pm at Amelia Park Arena. 

Goals: Pierce (2), Houda (2), Aspromonti (1), Santaniello (1), Sweeney (1), Bassett (1) 
Goaltenders: Thornton, 19 Saves - Flibotte, 9 Saves 
Power Play: 1 for 4 (11%)
Penalty Kill: 7 for 7 (84%)


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Owls Drop Heart Breaker to Bridgewater

Westfield, MA -- The Owls battled to the last minute but were unable to secure any points on Tuesday night as they lost to Bridgewater State by the score of 4-3. Bridgewater jumped out to an early 3-0 lead twelve minutes into the game. After a time out, the Owls picked up the pace and were able to get on the board when CJ Kenny cashed in on a rebound in front. Cole Connolly would score to make it a one goal game with under three minutes left in the second period. Connolly rushed the puck up ice and split the Bears defenders while being hooked on the play. The Owls were unable to produce with the power play but were 7 of 8 on the penalty kill. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Mark Eagles would dump a puck in on the kill with Colin Pierce forechecking. Pierce would steal the puck to tie the game 3-3. However, with 38 seconds remaining, a fortunate bounce led to the game-winning goal for the Bears.  

Westfield will play Univ. of Connecticut (b) on Saturday night in a non-league game. Game time is scheduled for 6 pm at South Windsor Arena. 


Goals: Kenny (1), Connolly (1), Pierce (1)
Goaltender: Thornton,
Power Play: 0 for 5 (7%)
Penalty Kill: 7 for 8 (78%)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Owls Fall Late To UConn


Westfield, MA --- Westfield State (0-1-0) opened up their conference schedule on Saturday night when they hosted the Univ. of Connecticut Huskies (1-1-0) at Amelia Park Arena. Nick Jaeger would benefit from a defensive zone turnover and found the back of the net to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. With the second period coming to an end, Joe Almeida's shot from just inside the blue line knotted the game up at a goal apiece as the two teams headed into the final period. Senior netminder, Chase Thornton had a strong game in net stopping 31 of 33 shots.

In the third, the Owls had a pair of power play opportunities to try to get the go-ahead goal but were unable to capitalize. The two teams combined for only six penalties and the Owls were two for two on the penalty kill. With 5:31 remaining, Ben Pulley was able to sneak behind the defensemen and beat Thornton to give the Huskies a 2-1 victory.

Westfield will enjoy the rest of the long weekend before getting back to work on Tuesday night as they host Bridgewater State (0-1-0). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 pm with updates provided on twitter. 

Goal: Almeida (1)
Goaltender: Thornton, 31 Saves
Power Play: 0 for 4 (11%)
Penalty Kill: 2 for 2 (70%) 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Slow Start Costs Owls


Newington, CT - The Owls learned that there's never a dull moment in the ACHA on Saturday as their team bus was involved in an accident on their way down to play Central Connecticut State University. After a 25 minute delay, the Owls found themselves down 3-0 midway through the first period. As the play went on, things finally started to stabilize as Chase Thornton made some key saves to keep the team within striking distance. Thornton would finish the night making 49 saves. Kris Houda would score his first collegiate goal on a chip shot from the slot to make it 3-1 half way through the second period. Devil's forward, Kyle Leverzapf, found his way behind the defense to score on a break away goal to recapture their three goal lead. Senior captain, Schyler Reilly, would cut the lead in half with the man advantage as Joe Santaniello found him in the left wing circle, and buried his first of the season. Westfield would finish the night 1 for 2 on the power play. Central CT would add a goal on a blast from the point and would take the 5-2 victory.

Westfield starts their conference play on Saturday afternoon as they host University of Connecticut (A) at Amelia Park at 5 pm. This is the first of twelve conference games that will determine who will qualify for the post season in February. The Huskies are on probation and cannot be regular season champions or qualify for the NECHA playoffs.  

Goals: Houda (1), Reilly (1)
Goaltender: Thornton (0-2-0), 49 Saves 
Power Play: 1 for 2 (20%)
Penalty Kill: 4 for 5 (63%)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Owls Face Blue Devils Saturday

Westfield, MA -- Westfield State will try to rebound from a 5-1 loss last Friday night as they travel down to Connecticut to face Central Connecticut State University on Saturday at 9:00 pm. The two teams met last year for the first time with the Blue Devils edging out the Owls 2-1 in overtime. Central CT comes into this season ranked 7th in the Northeast and are 1-0-0 this season after beating UMaine. Check @wsuclub for game updates.


CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY BLUE DEVILS
Newington Arena
300 Alumni Road
Newington, CT 06111



From I-84 East/I-84 West: I-84 to exit 39A to Rt-9S. Follow Rt-9S to exit 29 (Newington). Turn left at the bottom of the hill to the next traffic light (Fenn Rd). Turn right on Fenn Rd. and follow it to the end. Turn left on Cedar St. Turn left on Alumni Road. Follow Alumni to the stop sign and turn right.


From I-91 North/I-91 South: I-91 to Rt-15 (Berlin Turnpike). Rt-15 to the Newington exit (Rt-175W). Rt-175W to Alumni Rd. (approx. 2 miles/7 traffic lights). Turn right on Alumni Road. Follow Alumni Rd. to the stop sign and turn right.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Owls Drop Season Opener 5-1


Troy, NY -  The Owls kicked off the 2015-16 season on Friday night with a 5-1 loss to the 10th ranked Engineers. Westfield controlled play in the first half of the period out shooting their opponents 10-9. However, RPI's senior captain Adam Hennick would score the lone goal in the opening stanza. Sloppy play by the Owls in the second led to 4 goals against as RPI would take a 5-0 lead heading into the final period. With 16:46 remaining in the game, John Galvin would break Liam McBain's shut out. 

Westfield will travel to Newington, CT on Saturday to face 7th ranked Central Connecticut. It will be another tough non-league opponent before opening up their conference schedule October 10th versus UConn. Game time is set for 9pm with twitter updates available on @wsuclub . 

Goal: Galvin (1)
Goalie: Thornton (0-1-0), 40 Saves
Power Play: 0 for 3 (0%)
Penalty Kill: 1 for 3 (33%)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Owls Prepare for Engineers



WESTFIELD, MA -- The Owls will open their season on Friday night in Troy, NY against the RPI Engineers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm. @wsuclub will provide game updates and RPI will be hosting live streaming of the game on rpitv.org

RPI ENGINEERS
HOUSTON FIELD HOUSE
1900 PEOPLES AVENUE
TROY, NY 12180

From the East:
From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1. Continue East (13.5 miles) to the exit for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow directions to campus (below).

Directions to Campus:
From Route 7 East, make a right turn on to 15th Street. Follow 15th Street about 1/2 mile to campus. Once on campus, turn right onto People's Avenue. Houston Field House is located at the top of People's Avenue. 


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Westfield State Fan Club

2015-2016 AWAY GAMES

DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
FOOD/DRINK/SNACK
 09/25/2015  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
7:00
Coach Lachance
 10/03/2015  Central Connecticut State University
9:00
Coach Lachance
 10/17/2015  University of Connecticut 
6:00
Sweeney's
 11/6/2015  University of Connecticut 
8:10
Sweeney's
 11/13/2015  Sacred Heart University
8:00
Thornton's 
 11/21/2015  Trinity College
8:00
Reopel's
 11/22/2015  Roger Williams University 
11:30
Almeida's
 12/4/2015  UMass-Lowell 
7:30
Connolly's
 02/05/2016  Eastern Connecticut State University
8:10

 02/06/2016  Bridgewater State University
5:40
Galvin's
 02/12/2016  Rhode Island College
8:10
Kenny's

Families and friends that wish to organize food for the players on the bus for away games will receive two season tickets for the 2015-2016 season. Please contact Coach Lachance if you are interested in helping out. 

Phone: 508-572-4599
Email: mmjl87@gmail.com

Food: Pizza, Sandwiches, etc. 
Snacks: Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Chips, Granola Bars, Cookies, Brownies, etc 
Drinks: Water, Sports Drinks, Soda, etc. 

2015-2016 Roster

Westfield, MA -- The Westfield State University club hockey team released their 2015-2016 roster on Sunday. The team will be led by eleven seniors as they look to return to Nashua, NH for the first time in three years. Eight players will be making their college debut in the ACHA for the Owls this season. Schyler Reilly, who was named captain during the summer, will be helped by Chase Thornton, Cole Connolly and Connor Sweeney as assistant captains. 
Westfield starts the season this Friday as they travel to Troy, NY to face the RPI Engineers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm. Fans can follow the game on the team's twitter account @wsuclub and can live stream the game http://www.rpitv.org/



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015-2016 TRYOUT INFORMATION



THURSDAY (9/3) - MANDATORY INTEREST MEETING - WILSON AUD. A
THURSDAY (9/10) - TRYOUT #1
TUESDAY (9/15) - TRYOUT # 2
THURSDAY (9/17) - TRYOUT # 3

The Westfield State University (ACHA) club hockey team will hold their mandatory interest meeting on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Wilson Auditorium. All interested players should bring a pen..

The team will hold three on-ice tryouts hosted at Amelia Park Arena. Tryouts will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 10 pm, Tuesday, September 15th at 10 pm and Thursday, September 17th at 10 pm. Players should arrive at the rink by 8:30 with a jersey with a number on the back. Players who need a ride to the rink should contact Coach Lachance by email at mmjl87@gmail.com to help set up a car pool with other students. Final roster should be made after the third tryout on the 17th.

Any other questions, please contact Coach Lachance

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015-16 HOME SCHEDULE


Westfield, MA -- The Westfield State University Club Hockey team released their 2015-2016 home schedule on Tuesday night. They will host divisional games against Bridgewater State, Eastern Connecticut State, Roger Williams University, Sacred Heart University, Rhode Island College and University of Connecticut. New to the home slate this year will be Trinity College. The Owls will host their third annual Veteran's Day game against Norwich University. The game on Veteran's Day is a fundraising game for a local charity to help support our veteran's. Last year, the club donated all ticket sales and raffle funds to the Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. Fund. This year's charity will be announced at a later time. Check back next week when the rest of the 2015-2016 schedule will be announced. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Graduating Owls

Westfield, MA --- The Westfield State University club hockey team would like to congratulate Aniel Russo, Nick Franco and David Russo on a successful collegiate career. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16th at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. Thank you for everything you have done for the club team and good luck in the future!  

 #9 Aniel Russo

#30 Nick Franco

 #16 David Russo



2015 SEASON OPENER AGAINST RPI


Westfield, MA -- The Owls announced that they will be opening the 2015-2016 season on the road as they travel to Troy, NY to face the Engineers of RPI. RPI finished last season ranked 8th in the Northeast and will be moving to the Super East Collegiate Hockey League this upcoming season. This will be the second year in a row the Owls will start the year playing an opponent outside of NECHA and will be a good test early in the season. The full schedule will be released later in the summer. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Westfield Wins First Annual University Cup

Worcester, MA -- The Westfield State club hockey team will be bringing back some hardware to Western Avenue this season. The Owls defeated the Bridgewater State University Bears 4-0 at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday afternoon in the first annual University Cup. Colin Pierce would put the Owls up 1-0 in the first period after a long period of pressure in the Bears zone. Westfield would increase their lead in the second period when Tyler Reopel would redirect a Connor Sweeney shot from the point on the power play. It was a great game by the special teams, going 1-3 on the power play and they were perfect on the penalty kill. Chase Thornton was fantastic in net picking up the team's first shutout of the season. John Galvin would score a break away goal in the third period. Bridgewater had pressure in the last 5 minutes in the game with Thornton making key saves to preserve the shutout bid. Brian Bassett would seal the victory with his first collegiate goal in the final minute.

The club hockey team would like to thank all of their fans, friends and family for all of their support throughout the season. It was a great way to end the year! 







Friday, February 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY CUP DETAILS

You will need to enter the DCU Center at door 4a (located off Major Taylor Boulevard). Door 4a is located in between the arena and the convention center. They will rip your ticket at the door and have you take the elevator up to the concourse. They will stamp your ticket at that time, so you be able to go out to dinner and be admitted back in for the Sharks game later. Doors will open around 1:30 PM and the game will start at approximately at 2pm. Tickets for Westfield's game will be general admission between 119ish-125ish (behind the benches). Below is a street view of door 4a and a parking map. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me at 508-572-4599

PARKING


ENTRANCE: DOOR 4A 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Eastern CT 5 - Westfield 1

Bolton, CT -- The Owls concluded their conference play on Friday with a 5-1 loss to Eastern Connecticut. Mark Eagles wrist shot from the point was the lone goal and was assisted by Pat O'Neil and Joe Santaniello. Westfield trailed 2-0 midway through the game but penalties ended up taking its toll as the teams combined for 83 penalty minutes. 

Westfield will look to get back into the win column against Springfield College tomorrow at 5:30 pm at Fitzpatrick Ice Arena. 


Goals: Eagles (2)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Westfield Falls On Senior Night

Westfield, MA -- Roger Williams University's Daniel Wisniewski had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing three assists in his team's 7-2 win. Several penalties left Westfield short handed throughout the game as the Owls finished with 40 penalty minutes.  Colin Pierce gave the Owls a 1-0 lead 7:48 into the first period. Cole Connolly provided the assist. David Russo also scored for Westfield State University on Senior Night. In addition, Westfield State University received assists from Zachary Vatcher.

Westfield will finish their NECHA schedule on Friday when they travel to the Bolton Ice Arena to face Eastern CT at 8:10pm. Tickets for the University Cup will be on sale at the game. Contact Coach Lachance to purchase tickets for the game at the DCU Center on February 21st. Tickets will not be on sale at the gate on game day, so buy them early! 


Goals: Pierce (9), D. Russo (2)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

University Cup Announcement


The Westfield State University and Bridgewater State University club hockey teams will battle for the first annual University Cup. This tournament will hopefully grow into a beanpot-like tournament between the club hockey teams at the State Universities.

The game will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 21st at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Tickets for the event will be sold by the two teams. Tickets for this event will also get you into the Worcester Sharks Professional Hockey game that night versus the Norfolk Admirals at 7pm.

These are discounted Worcester Sharks tickets for the price of 2 hockey games!

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Worcester Sharks vs. Norfolk Admirals
February 21st, 2015 - - 7:00 PM

It's a special game for the Sharks as they host their first Heroes Night. The team will be wearing and auctioning special camo jerseys to help benefit Habitat for Humanity. See former NHL star Dany Heatley (currently on Norfolk Admirals roster) and up and coming stars such as the Sharks' Chris Tierney.

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Tickets will be sold for $15 at the following games:
1/31 vs. Roger Williams
2/06 @ Eastern Connecticut
2/07 @ Springfield College


If you are interested in buying tickets, please stop at the ticket table (on Saturday 1/31) or contact Marc Lachance at 508-572-4599 or mmjl87@gmail.com  

After Cancellations, Owls Focus On Senior Night


Westfield, MA -- After cancelling Saturday's game against Daniel Webster College and Tuesday night's practice, Westfield will begin to prepare for their last home game on Thursday night. The Owls will recognize the following Seniors: Captain David Russo, Assistant Captain Nick Franco and forward Aniel Russo.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Game at Daniel Webster Postponed



Westfield, MA --- Tomorrow's game at Daniel Webster College has been postponed due to the upcoming Nor'Easter. We are hoping to make up the game at a later date.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Second Half Starts Up Saturday


Westfield, MA --- Heading into the second half with a 6-7-0-1 record, the Owls look to finish the season strong. Westfield opens the Spring semester on Saturday when they travel to Daniel Webster College for a 6:30 pm face-off at Tyngsboro Skate 3. Westfield will then turn their attention to their final home game of the season as they host Roger Williams University on Senior Night one week later on January 31st. Although the Owls are out of the playoffs, both conference games have playoff implications. In the final weekend of the regular season, Westfield will travel to Eastern Connecticut (2/6) and Springfield College (2/7). Information regarding the first annual University Cup versus Bridgewater State on February 21st will be released later in the week.