Eastern Connecticut Falls to Keene State

Keene State snapped a three-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern Connecticut, winning the battle of early-season Little East Conference unbeatens. Keene never trailed after the opening five minutes, taking a 9-5 lead at halftime.

The Warriors got as close as two goals twice in the second half, the final time when Dan O'Reilly scored his fifth goal of the year on an assist from Vinny Tornatore three minutes into the final quarter. The Owls all but clinched the win when Ian Hartf scored a critical goal with just under five minutes left to re-store Keene's three-goal lead, 15-11.

Conference scoring leader Griffin Meehan managed only two goals through the first 58 minutes but scored into an open net three times in the final two minutes to provide the Owls with the final six-goal spread.

The teams combined to score eight extra-man goals, the Warriors connecting on six of nine three coming in an eight-minute span in the third quarter and Keene three of five.

Eastern's Eric Vasil, last year's national leader in faceoff percentage and ground balls, won 23 of 31 faceoffs (74.2 percent), his win total establishing a personal game high. He also scooped up 18 ground balls two shy of his all-time best.

Keene's Jason Lesser made nine saves to win the matchup of freshman goalies, with Eastern's Donald Berube making seven stops.

Defenseman Kyle Barnett led Keene with six ground balls.


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