The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey team fell to Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday in a heartbreaker by the score of 4-3 at the Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, NJ.
Not even a power failure at the Prudential Center Complex, which affected the pregame routines of both teams, and the Garth Brooks concert taking place next door in the main arena seemed to faze St. Thomas Aquinas, as the Spartans jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 2:18 into the contest when Shaun Benson connected on a great passing play by linemates Douglas Harrison and Patrick Burns. In the later stages of the first period, Doug Harrison was able to double up the score on feed by Pat Burns, and STAC took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
In the middle stanza, both teams had their share of opportunities, but neither side was able to capitalize. The Spartans continued to hold a 2-0 advantage after forty minutes of play.
Stevens Institute of Technology came out in the third period with a vengeance, and took advantage of several special teams opportunities, netting two goals on the man advantage and one while shorthanded. An even strength goal gave the Ducks a four spot in the final frame and a 4-2 lead. However, St. Thomas Aquinas was not going quietly and made things interesting when Zachary Teats rifled one past Stevens goaltender Nolan Banfitch, cutting the deficit to one. The Spartans tried desperately to tie things up with the goaltender pulled and an extra attacker out on the ice, but the Ducks held on for the narrow win.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (L, 2-7-1) stopped 32 of 36 shots faced.
Shots on goal for the game were 15 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 36 for Stevens Institute of Technology.
This was the first of four games in seven days for St. Thomas Aquinas. The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, December 6th when they play host to the U.S Merchant Marine Academy in a 9pm contest at Sport-O-Rama. STAC will then conclude the Fall Semester portion of its schedule with back-to-back road games at Fordham University (December 8th, 10pm) and Hofstra University (December 9th, 7pm).