Manhattanville fends off Nazareth to complete weekend sweep

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STAMFORD, Conn. – The Manhattanville men's hockey team rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits early on and scored four of the last five goals of the contest over the final two frames to put away a pesky Nazareth squad by a 5-3 score in ECAC West Conference action on Saturday night at Terry Conners Rink.

Manhattanville (2-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC West) moves into first place in the conference standings with the win, while Nazareth (2-5-0, 0-3-0 ECAC West) remains winless in ECAC West play early in the season.

The line of senior assistant captain Scott Hudson (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)), junior Luc Van Natter (Fort Erie, Ont./Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)) and freshman Matt Coleman (Brentwood, N.Y./Springfield Pics (EJHL)) had a nice night by combining for six points on two goals and four assists, led by Hudson and Coleman with a goal and an assist each. Sophomore Paul Sirignano (St. Catharines, Ont./Thorold Blackhawks (OJHL)) had a goal and an assist as well, while juniors Craig Simchuk (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg Saints (MJHL)) and Adam Young (Edmonton, Alta./Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)) also scored for Manhattanville in the win.

Unlike the previous night, Nazareth got off to a hot start on Saturday, as Packy Jones scored the first goal of the game at the 4:18 mark of the opening frame after tipping home a pass from Mark Zavorin at the back post.

The game stayed that way until the 10:38 mark of the period, when Van Natter eluded a check along the near boards and fed a pass across the crease for Hudson for the tip-in score. Coleman recorded the secondary assist on the score, Hudson's first of the year.

The Golden Flyers started the second period in the same fashion as the first, with Scott Dawson scoring on the power play at 3:16 to put the visitors back up by one. But Manhattanville came right back with a power-play goal of its own to tie the score and then added a second goal a few minutes later to take control of the contest.

The Valiants needed just eight seconds of power-play time to even the score at two, as Young scored his first of the year from the blue line at the 4:24 mark. Just over four minutes later, Simchuk gave the home team its first lead of the evening with his second of the season at 8:39 off passes from Sirignano and classmate Mark Rivera (Belmar, N.J./Springfield Pics (EJHL)).

After peppering the Nazareth net with shots to start the third period, Manhattanville finally went up by a pair with 10:48 to go in the game on a beautiful play from the Coleman-Van Natter-Hudson line. Van Natter was taken down behind the net and still managed to shuffle a pass to the side of the crease for Hudson, who deftly redirected it to Coleman at the top of the crease for the one-timer put away.

Nazareth got back into the game a few minutes later when Sean de Herder scored his first of the year following a beautiful drop pass from Tom Seravallii, but Sirignano responded 73 seconds later with his third in the first four games off a give-and-go with senior Jason Bowles (Elkhorn, Man./Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL)) to regain the two-goal cushion and send the Valiants to the win.

Manhattanville dominated play in the final frame to the tune of a 17-6 edge in shots, helping the squad to a 47-25 shot advantage over the course of the 60 minutes. Sophomore Brian Fleming (Saint John, N.B./Northern Cyclones (AJHL)) moved to 2-1-1 on the year by making 22 saves in goal for the Valiants, while Ed Zdolshek turned aside 42 shots in a losing effort for Nazareth.

Manhattanville will take a break from conference play next weekend, as the Valiants host Morrisville State at Terry Conners Rink on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. The GoValiants.TV video broadcast will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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