The Blue Hens opened their last weekend of the regular season with a rare Thursday night game. The Blue Hens offense looked impressive, but they could not come out on top in a shootout.
About halfway through the first period, West Chester was able to score the first goal of the game. Zach Jensen scored his second goal of the season to make it a 1-0 game.
It would not take long for the Blue Hens to retaliate. 14:54 into the first period, the Blue Hens went on the power play. The struggling power play unit was finally able to score. Senior Marcello Deangelis was able to score his fourth goal of the season to make it a tie game heading into the first intermission.
The Blue Hens got off to a fast start in the second period. Maxwell Freeman was able to score his 10th goal this season and put the Blue Hens up 2-1.
The see saw battle continued when West Chester was able to score again. John Albanese scored his second goal of the season for West Chester to make the game tied heading into the second intermission.
The scoring continued for the Blue Hens early in the second period. Vinny Zingarelli was able to bury his 9th goal of the season for the Blue Hens to give them the 3-2 lead.
The Blue Hens offense was not done yet. Marcello Deangelis scored his second goal of the game, and his fifth this season, to give the Blue Hens the 3-1 lead.
West Chester was able to respond with two goals of their own. The Blue Hens were on the attack for the last ten minutes of the game, but could not get that game-winning goal, so the game went to overtime.
Overtime proved to be the same story. The Blue Hens got off shot after shot, but could not capitalize off them so the game went to a shootout. West Chester forward Ryan Evans was able to score and give West Chester the shootout victory.
The Blue Hens offense was very productive. They managed 60 shots against West Chester, while West Chester was only able to manage 28. The Blue Hens four goals are the most they have scored since they last played West Chester on January 25th.
Now that the game against West Chester is over, the Blue Hens will face Rutgers twice. These games will be the last regular season games before the ESCHL tournament.
Stony Brook has already won the first seed. Rhode Island is guaranteed the second seed and a bye. The third seed is still up for grabs though. Lebanon Valley currently has a one-point lead over University of Delaware. Both teams still have two games to play so either team has a good shot at the third seed.
By: Tyler Fitzpatrick