WORCESTER, Mass. – The Becker College men's ice hockey team dropped their season opener to the Lancers of Worcester State in overtime by a score of 4-3 as a part of the "Hockey for Hope" ALS Awareness game Friday (Oct. 26) evening.
October 26, 2018
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Worcester State, 4, Becker 3 (OT)
Records: Worcester State (1-0-0) | Becker (0-1-0)
Becker took the first lead of the game just one minute in as they capitalized on their first power play opportunity. Aaron Deady (East Greenwich, R.I.) found the back of the net on assists from Corey Schafer (Johnstown, Pa.) and Caleb Labrie (Greene, Maine). The score stood at 1-0 going into the second period, despite a 15-4 outshooting from the Lancers.
Worcester State's Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.) knotted the game at 1-1 in the fifth minute of the second frame on a power play goal. The Lancers took the lead three minutes later when Matthew Manning (Novi, Mich.) punched in a tally on helpers from Mitchell Purdie (Peterborough, Ont.) and Moran. However, the second period ended with a tie as senior captain Shafer knotted scored a goal in the 13th minute as he was fed the puck from Tyler Forest (Simi Valley, Calif.).
Worcester State regained the lead in the eighth minute of the third period when Purdie sliced one past Becker's goaltender, Grant Martens (Bloomington, Minn.). Late in the period, Becker gave the game its third tie at -3-3 as Labrie scored on assists from Christian Leon (Natick, Mass.) and Jake Cagnina (South Berwick, Maine.).
Just 27 second into the overtime period, Moran scored his second goal of the game for the win. He won the puck, skated down the ice, and fired a shot past the Becker keeper high to the glove side to win it.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Moran and Purdie finished the game with three points each. Moran logged two goals (game-winner) and one assist, while Purdie had one goal and two-assists.
- Becker's Shafer finished the game with two points on one goal and one assist.
- Worcester State outshot Becker, 58-19 in total.
- Becker went 1-for-6 in power play opportunities, while Worcester State took advantage on 2-of-9.
- Despite the loss, Martens proved to be a star of the game as he stopped 54-of-58 (93.1%) goals on net.
- Worcester State's Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills, Calif.) stopped 16 shots in the 60:27 minutes played.
"HOCKEY FOR HOPE"
Tonight's game was a "Hockey for Hope" ALS Awareness game in memory of Ruth Kielczewski, the mother of Alex Kielczewski (Grand Prairie, Texas) who is a Becker men's ice hockey student-athlete. Last year, the Kielczewski family lost Ruth to a six-year battle with ALS. Prior to tonight's game, Alex and his former teammate and hometown friend, of Worcester State (Colin Whitt) met at the center ice for a puck drop ceremony in remembrance of Ruth. Tonight, the Kielczewski family and Becker College raised more than $800, which will be donated to the ALS Foundation-Massachusetts Chapter.
The Becker men's ice hockey team returns to the ice on Sunday (Oct. 28) for their home opener against Assumption. The puck drop is set for 4 p.m.
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