You could easily saysenior night went well for the Westfield Owls hockey team, as they were able to trounce the Worcester State Lancers by a lopsided score of 7-2.
Senior Dalton Jay certainly played as if it was his last game, as he was able to score a hat trick, with all three of his goals coming in just the second period. On Jay’s second goal of the night, he became Westfield State’s top goal scorer since the team was reinstated back in 2008 with 51 goals.
The scoring started for Westfield in the first period, when Joseph Napoli wristed a shot from the slot and beat Lancers goaltender Max Kirkwood. Both Sophomore Roman Pfennings and Freshman Wyatt Trembley were given assists on the play.
The Owls really broke it open in the second and never looked back. The offensive outburst came in the form of five goals in the second period. Three of them were credited to Jay, completing his hat trick; the others came from Trumbley and Freshman Aaron Clancy.
The scoring did not stop there, as the Owls tacked on another goal in the third period off of the stick of senior defenseman Kyllian Kirkwood.
The seven unanswered goals would be enough to hold the lead, allowing Senior Goaltender and Westfield native Evan Moorhouse to get an opportunity in between the pipes.
Moorhouse became the first native of Westfield to ever suit up for the Owls and was able to make five saves on seven shots during his time in net. Junior goaltender Jonathan LoParco logged 54 minutes on the ice, while stopping all 27 shots he faced.
Dalton Jay’s play also earned him the honor of MASCAC player of the week. His offensive totals include 17 goals, four assists, and 21 points in 23 games so far this season. With just two games re- maining, Jay can add on to his career goal total as well as his Westfield goal scoring record.
The Owls return to the Amelia Park Arena one more time on Thursday Feb. 18 at 7:35 p.m. to take on the Framingham State Rams.
Westfield only sits one spot up in the MASCAC standings on Framing- ham, but should come to play if they want to gain ground in the standings on UMass Dartmouth and Fitchburg State, who both sit within a point of Westfield.