The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Hockey team fell to Rutgers University-Camden 7-2 on Sunday in the final game of the 2017 DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament in Aston, PA.
The Scarlet Raptors opened the scoring just 4:15 into the game, as Luke Hussey made it 1-0. Rutgers tallied twice more in the period on goals by Jared Savidge and Sean McGlinn, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the second period, Rutgers was able to strike quickly, just 57 seconds into the middle frame, when Luke Hussey scored his second of the game, making it 4-0. However, the Spartans tried to chip away at the Scarlet Raptors commanding lead and got one of their own, when Douglas Harrison got on the board at 14:30, breaking the shutout. After two periods of play, Rutgers University-Camden continued to lead, 4-1.
An attempt at a comeback by St. Thomas Aquinas was not in the cards on this day, as the Scarlet Raptors scored three more times on goals by Howard Robertson and Luke Hussey, who wound up with four goals and five points on the afternoon. The Spartans were able to cut it to a five goal game, when Patrick Burns put the puck past Rutgers goaltender Dan Flaherty, but that was all of the offense STAC could muster.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (L, 2-6-1) stopped 32 of 39 shots faced.
Shots on goal for the game were 19 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 39 for Rutgers University-Camden.
St. Thomas Aquinas took two of three games in the 2017 DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament, defeating Shippensburg and Widener Universities, before falling to Rutgers University-Camden today. The team will now enjoy the next thirteen days off, before returning to MCHC action on Sunday, December 3rd for an 8:30pm matchup with Stevens institute of Technology at the Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, NJ.