The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey defeated Columbia University on Sunday by the score of 6-4, to pick up their first win of the 2017-18 season.
STAC opened the scoring just five minutes into the first stanza, as forward Jason Tom put the puck past Columbia goaltender Alberto Gimenez on the power play, making it 1-0. The visiting Lions quickly tied things up just two minutes later, but with 5:45 left in the first period, Douglas Harrison gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead to take with them into the locker room at the intermission.
The second period was largely a see-saw affair, which saw both teams tally twice in the frame, including two more goals by Doug Harrison to give him his first career collegiate hat trick. After two periods of play, the Spartans held a slim 4-3 margin.
In the final period of play, Zachary Teats put STAC up by two goals at 5-3 just 51 seconds into the third. However, Columbia brought the score back to a one goal game at 5-4 with just 2:27 remaining. Off of the ensuing face-off, the Spartans battled to get the puck out of their own zone and sealed the deal with an empty net goal by Shaun Benson.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (W, 1-1) made 27 saves to pick up his first victory.
Shots on goal for the game were 53 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 31 for Columbia University.
St. Thomas Aquinas will return to the ice next Friday, October 13th, taking on Stevens Institute of Technology at Sport-O-Rama. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30pm. The very next night, the Spartans will travel to the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon for a 10pm rematch with Columbia University.