The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey team fell to defeat on the road at Columbia University, 10-8, despite a five-point effort from Freshman left winger, Pat Burns.
In the first period STAC opened the scoring on a Zachary Teats goal just 27 seconds into the game, but the Lions quickly put themselves ahead at 2-1 on back-to-back goals by Andy Dunn. The Spartans then went to work and regained the lead at 3-2, answering with goals by Patrick Burns and Matthew Briante. A Dan Cirminiello goal in the late stages of the opening period squared things up a three goals apiece, as the teams headed for their respective dressing rooms.
The second period, much like the first, was helter-skelter in nature, as both teams were able to find the back of the net mulitple times in the middle frame. Two Spartan goals apiece by both Douglas Harrison and Pat Burns were matched by the Lion's Dan Cirminiello's three in the period, along with goals by Ryan Blake and Kyle Dion, giving Columbia University an 8-7 advantage after two periods of play.
To start the final period, Head Coach Matt Schuster made a change between the pipes for STAC, calling on Carl Lorenz to play the final twenty minutes. However, Columbia University would not be stopped, as Dan Cirminiello lit the lamp once again, making it a 9-7 game. Zach Teats wrapped up the Spartan's scoring with his second of the evening, pulling it back to a one-goal game. An empty net goal by Dan Cirminiello, giving him an eight-point night (6 goals & 2 assists), in the closing moments of the game, finalized the score.
Shots on goal for the game were 45 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 45 for Columbia University.
St. Thomas Aquinas will continue their brief two game road trip, as the Spartans will travel to Flushing, New York for a date with the SUNY Maritime Privateers on the 21st at World Ice Arena. Puck drop for that game is set for 9pm.