The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey Team wrapped up their brief two-game homestand on Sunday night, falling to SUNY Maritime College, 4-3 in overtime.
The Privateers opened the scoring just 5:20 into the contest, as Bobby Oldmixon found the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, just a minute and twenty eight seconds later, the Spartans tied things up on a goal by Zachary Teats. Minutes before the period came to a close, Douglas Harrison was able to solve Maritime goaltender Thomas Usseglio to give STAC a 2-1 lead at the end of one period of play.
In the middle stanza, St. Thomas Aquinas was the recipient of timely power play opportunities and was able to capitalize with the extra man, as Patrick Burns tallied to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead after two.
The third period featured a Maritime rally, as Privateers Christopher Haun and Nicholas Panor were able to get goals by Spartan netminder Carl Lorenz to knot things at three goals apiece. Still, the Spartans had a chance to retake the lead with just 2:21 left in the final frame, as Maritime's Brandon Muller held STAC's Doug Harrison as he went in on a breakaway, forcing the referee to call a penalty shot. Harrison was unable to put one by the goaltender Usseglio, and the game remained tied at the end of regulation.
In the extra session, a tripping penalty to the Spartans Harrison gave SUNY Maritime the man advantage and they capitalized, as Bobby Oldmixon scored his second goal of the game, 3:15 into overtime to win it for the Privateers.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (L, 1-5-1) stopped 50 of 54 shots faced for the Spartans.
Shots on goal for the game were 21 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 54 for SUNY Maritime College.
After another week off from action, St. Thomas Aquinas College will hit the road for a three-game Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament, when they take part in the East Coast College Showdown November 17-19 in Aston, PA. On Friday, November 17th STAC takes on Shippensburg University at 7pm, then on Saturday, November 18th the Spartans face Widener University in a 3:30pm tilt, before wrapping up the tournament on Sunday, November 19th versus Rutgers University - Camden in a 10:30am puck drop. All games will be played at the Ice Works Skating Complex.