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%)