Golden Bears Fall to Becker, 4-1

David Kleyman scored his first goal of the season in Western New England's 4-1 loss to Becker on Friday night. (Photo by Chris Marion)
David Kleyman scored his first goal of the season in Western New England's 4-1 loss to Becker on Friday night. (Photo by Chris Marion)

Hawks net trio of third period goals to secure win

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 1, 2018) – The Western New England University ice hockey team fell to Becker College, 4-1, on Saturday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at the Olympia Ice Center.

Top Performers
Senior forward David Kleyman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season with assists from junior Corey Kennedy (Clemmons, N.C.) and John O'Brien (Staten Island, N.Y.).

Becker sophomore Charles Costello (Philadelphia, Pa.) factored into all three of the Hawks' third period goals, as he scored and dished out a pair of assists.

Junior goaltender Cody Foster (Saugus, Calif.) was impressive in net with 66 saves on 67 shots for the visitors.

Game Review
Western New England controlled the first period with a 21-1 advantage in shots, but the Golden Bears were unable to capitalize on their five power play opportunities.

The Hawks struck first with just under five minutes remaining in the second period, when sophomore Christian Leon (Natick, Mass.) found the back of the net with the help of assists from sophomore Romain Wild (Mex, Switzerland) and senior Corey Schafer (Johnstown, Pa.).

The Golden Bears answered two minutes later with Kleyman's goal, and the game went to the second intermission tied 1-1.

In the third period, the visitors utilized a power play opportunity to grab a 2-1 edge on a goal by Wild at the 15:41 mark. Costello scored with 2:23 remaining, before freshman Tim Atkins (Greenfield, Mass.) buried an empty net goal in the closing seconds to extend the final margin to 4-1.

Notes
• The Golden Bears outshot the Hawks 67-22.
• Western New England junior goalie Baylee Johns (Woodstock, Conn.) finished with 18 saves on 21 shots.

Up Next
Western New England (1-10, 0-8 CCC) returns to action on Thursday, as the Golden Bears host Worcester State at the Olympia. Becker (2-10-1, 1-6-1 CCC) is off until January 3, when the Hawks travel to Westfield State.