The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey team defeated Shippensburg University on Friday night by the score of 7-3, winning Game One of the DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament held in Aston, PA.
STAC opened the scoring just thirteen minutes into the first stanza, as defenseman Shaun Benson put the puck past Shippensburg goaltender Katrina Homovich, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead. The Raiders tied things up at one goal apiece, when Sarah McCloskey snuck one by Spartan netminder Peter Gianatiempo. However, Patrick Burns made it 2-1 St. Thomas Aquinas when he found the back of the net with just one second remaining in the period, beating the intermission horn.
The second period saw the Spartans tally five times, including a hat trick from Zachary Teats, and goals by Benson and Burns, their second of the game each. At the end of two periods of play, St. Thomas Aquinas held a commanding 7-1 advantage.
In the final period of play, Shippensburg tried to chip away at their deficit and were able to score two goals, including one on the man advantage, but the Spartans held serve and captured the 7-3 victory.
Spartan Goalie Peter Gianatiempo (W, 1-1) made 35 saves to pick up his first collegiate victory.
Shots on goal for the game were 48 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 38 for Shippensburg University.
St. Thomas Aquinas College returns to the ice in Aston, PA for Game Two of the DVCHC East Coast Showdown Tournament on Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm against Widener University, before closing out the three day trip on Sunday morning versus Rutgers University-Camden at 10:30am.