Kennesaw State came out with a flurry of action in the offensive zone and put pressure on the Cougars. KSU got on the board first with a power-play goal four minutes into the first period.
Charleston continued to get into penalty trouble, leading to KSU’s second power-play goal to give the Owls a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The second period began with KSU on another power-play, but the Cougars defense was able kill it off. Charleston played KSU tightly until they gave up another goal, giving KSU a 3-0 lead.
Later in the second period, Charleston finally got on the board when Joey Corsi picked off a pass in the offensive zone and scored an unassisted goal.
The start of third period was filled with penalties on both sides. Charleston scored a power-play goal when Connor Every-Andrews found the net, assisted by Evan Rumley, to close the KSU lead to 3-2. The Cougars continued to put the pressure on the Owls’ defense and came close to tying the game with multiple shots off the crossbar and posts, but had no luck in evening the score.
“We had a good effort, took a few too many penalties. [We need to work on] closing our gap with our defensemen, getting a second man on the puck, getting more shots on net and rebounding,” head coach Joe Snecinski said after the game.
With the season still young, Snecinski said his freshmen will play a big role in the success of the team.
“We had six or seven freshmen playing tonight and they all contributed. They got into the game and realized quickly as you go from each level, there’s a learning curve, but they all handled it well,” Snecinski said.
The Cougars will next play back to back games at the University of Tennessee on October 3 and 4.
Reporting by Holden Curran.