The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey team was victorious for the second straight night on Saturday, taking a 2-1 decision over Widener University, in Game 2 of the DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament in Aston, PA.
Spartan defenseman Shaun Benson got things started in the scoring department for the maroon and gold just 4:16 into the contest, as he beat Widener goaltender Andrew Thorton, giving STAC the 1-0 lead. Benson, then repeated his performance with just a little over four and a half minutes to go in the opening period, as he tallied his second of the game, putting St. Thomas Aquinas College up by the score of 2-0 as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms for the first intermission.
In the middle stanza, Widener was able to cut their deficit in half, as Zach Yeager put the puck past Spartan netminder Carl Lorenz, giving STAC only a one goal advantage at 2-1 after two periods of play.
The third period was largely a defensive battle for the Spartans, as they fought to keep the score where it stood, but four Widener Pride power play opportunities made for some nervous moments for St. Thomas Aquinas. However, the maroon and gold were able to keep the puck out of their own net with tight checking, shot blocks and timely saves. When the dust settled, STAC held on to take the game by the final score of 2-1.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (W, 2-5-1) stopped 50 of 51 Widener University shots to pick up the victory.
Shots on goal for the game were 30 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 51 for Widener University.
St. Thomas Aquinas College wraps up the DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament on Sunday morning, when they take on Rutgers University-Camden in a 10:30am contest in Aston, PA.