Benson Nets OT Winner as STAC Bests Columbia 10-9 in Season Opener

Benson Nets OT Winner as STAC Bests Columbia 10-9 in Season Opener

Shaun Benson tallied the game winning power-play goal at 1:43 of overtime to give the St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartan Ice Hockey team a thrilling 10-9 triumph in their 2019-2020 season opener at Sport-O-Rama Ice Rinks on Friday evening.

Benson recorded a six-point night (3 goals & 3 assists), Patrick Burns picked up five points (1 goal & 4 assists) and Luke Broderick netted four points (2 goals & 2 assists). Brian Callaghan had 2 goals, while Douglas Harrison and Stephen Finkel each picked up a goal. Spartan goaltender Carl Lorenz (W, 1-0) made 48 saves in the victory.


Game Summary

First Period Scoring Summary

Columbia University - Dennis Franklin (Andy Dunn & Ben Vermette) 9:33, Dennis Franklin (Weston Goodman) 15:35, Ben Vermette (Dean Foskett & Andy Dunn) 16:18, Weston Goodman (Justin Paik) 16:51/PP, Ben Vermette (Andy Dunn & Dennis Franklin) 17:33/PP.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Brian Callaghan (Shaun Benson) 2:26/PP, Patrick Burns (Luke Broderick & CJ Reissner) 19:42/PP.

First Period Penalty Summary

Columbia University - Dean Foskett (Holding/2:00 minor) 1:41, Dean Foskett (Unsportsmanlike Conduct/2:00 minor) 1:41, Michael McCullom (Holding/2:00 minor) 13:09, Arieh Soferr (Cross-checking/2:00 minor) 17:56, Arieh Soferr (Unsportsmanlike Conduct/2:00 minor) 17:56.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Stephen Finkel (Elbowing/2:00 minor) 4:06, Patrick Burns (Elbowing/2:00 minor) 10:24, Carter Taylor (Elbowing/2:00 minor) 16:18, Carter Taylor (Unsportsmanlike Conduct/2:00 minor) 16:18.

Second Period Scoring Summary

Columbia University - Dennis Franklin (Andy Dunn) 7:45, Benjamin Vermette (Andy Dunn & Weston Goodman) 11:56.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Douglas Harrison (Drew Lorenz) 8:43, Shaun Benson (Brian Callaghan & CJ Reissner) 11:41/PP, Brian Callaghan (Shaun Benson & Patrick Burns) 19:07, Shaun Benson (Patrick Burns) 19:56/PP.

Second Period Penalty Summary

Columba University - Dean Foskett (Hooking/2:00 minor) 10:51, Kyle Lopes (Holding/2:00 minor) 13:37, Andy Dunn (Roughing/2:00 minor) 19:52, Benjamin Vermette (Slashing/2:00 minor) 19:52.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Carl Lorenz (Tripping/2:00 minor) 2:47, Zachary Teats (Elbowing/2:00 minor) 5:19, Patrick Burns (Elbowing/2:00 minor) 16:39.

Third Period Scoring Summary

Columbia University - Weston Goodman (Unassisted) 14:55/PP, Dean Foskett (Andy Dunn & Dennis Franklin) 19:02/PP.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Luke Broderick (Drew Lorenz & Shaun Benson) 3:29, Luke Broderick (Patrick Burns) 12:48, Stephen Finkel (Ryan Guild) 15:08.

Third Period Penalty Summary

Columbia University - Andrew Toporoff (Slashing/2:00 minor) 3:37.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Andrew Rafferty (Holding/2:00 minor) 7:03, Drew Lorenz (Interference/2:00 minor) 8:09, Douglas Harrison (Hooking/2:00 minor) 13:42, Zachary Teats (Boarding/2:00 minor) 18:03.

Overtime Scoring Summary

Columbia University - No Scoring.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Shaun Benson (Patrick Burns & Luke Broderick) 1:43/PP.

Overtime Penalty Summary

Columbia University - Dean Foskett (Holding/2:00 minor) 1:13.

St. Thomas Aquinas College - No Penalties.



Columbia University - Justin Paik (Overtime Loss, 61:43), 39 Saves

St. Thomas Aquinas College - Carl Lorenz (Win, 61:43), 48 Saves


Shots on goal 

Columbia University - 57

St. Thomas Aquinas College - 49


St. Thomas Aquinas College (1-0 Overall, 1-0 MCHC) now takes to road for a Sunday night (October 6th) showdown with Stevens Institute of Technology. Opening Faceoff is scheduled for 8:30pm at the Barnabas Health Hockey House at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.