The St. Thomas Aquinas College Club Ice Hockey team scored the first three goals of the game and earned a hard fought 4-1 victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point Mariners on Saturday evening at Parkwood Ice Rink in Great Neck, NY.
STAC got the scoring started just under five minutes into the opening period, as Douglas Harrison lit the lamp for the Spartans, giving the maroon and gold a 1-0 lead. Back and forth play by both teams resulted in no further scoring through one period, and St. Thomas Aquinas took slim margin back their locker room.
In the second period, the Spartans were able to pad their lead, as first Shaun Benson tallied with just under five and a half minutes left in the middle frame to make it 2-0. Then a penalty shot was awarded by the officials after Doug Harrison was pulled down on a breakaway. Harrison went one-on-one with Kings Point goalie, Lawrence Balsamo, and scored his second of the game, giving STAC a comfortable 3-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the stanza.
The USMMA Mariners were not going down without a fight on their own home ice, and kicked off the third period by scoring their first goal of the contest, just two minutes into the frame. However, Kings Point could not complete a comeback and St. Thomas Aquinas was able to add an empty net goal by Zachary Teats with 1:46 remaining in the period to give the Spartans the road triumph.
Spartan Goalie Carl Lorenz (W, 4-10-1) stopped 29 or 30 Mariner shots faced.
Shots on goal for the game were 34 for St. Thomas Aquinas and 30 for Kings Point.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday night, against Hofstra University at the Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 10pm. St. Thomas Aquinas will then host Senior Night on Saturday, February 10th as Ramapo College pays a visit to Sport-O-Rama. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30pm.