STAMFORD, CT -- Freshman forward Alex Silvia scored visiting Nazareth's lone goal with about seven minutes left in regulation to trim the Golden Flyers' deficit to 2-1. Manhattanville added two insurance goals in the final 1:46 to secure the victory in an ECAC West Conference game on Friday evening.
Following the loss, Nazareth slips to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference games. With the victory the Valiants improve to 1-1-1 overall and in ECAC West contests. Manhattanville fell to seventh-ranked Hobart 4-0 and tied the Statesmen 4-4 in their first two games of the season last week. Friday's game between the Golden Flyers and Valiant were moved from Rye, N.Y. to Stamford Connecticut following damage by Hurricane Sandy. Nazareth will play Manhattanville in Stamford on Saturday evening as well. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.
Friday's game started after a one-hour delay as the Golden Flyers' bus experienced problems on the way to the contest. Despite the additional adversity, Nazareth opened the game by shutting out the Valiant offense for the first 30 minutes. Luc Van Natter eventually broke the deadlock after receiving a pass from Marc Zanoni. The goal was a pivotal part of the game as Manhattanville had just just killed off a Golden Flyers' power play opportunity less than 10 seconds before they scored.
Less than three minutes after their first goal, the Valiant found the back of the Golden Flyers' net for the second time as they took advantage of a Nazareth penalty. Paul Sirignano scored what would become the eventual game-winning goal. The Golden Flyers' penalty killer blocked a shot moments before Sirignano's goal. Jason Bowles and JP Witkop were credited with assists.
Nazareth's defense stiffened to prevent Manhattanville from stretching their lead further. Silvia's tally cut the Valiant lead to one goal with 6:59 to play in regulation. Freshman defenseman Mike Miller's initial shot was saved by Brian Fleming, who entered the game as the ECAC West Goalkeeper of the Week. After the ensuing faceoff, Silvia took advantage of a second opportunity to beat Fleming to put the Golden Flyers on the scoreboard. Silvia's goal was assisted by Miller and freshman Scott Dawson.
After Nazareth scored, the defense killed off another Manhattanville power play opportunity. The Golden Flyers did not allow the Valiant a shot on goal during the man advantage. After freshman Ed Zdolshek kept Nazareth within one goal with a save, Fleming answered with a save on a game-tying attempt by junior Reed Smith.
With 1:46 to play in regulation, Manhattanville's Brendan Turner scored an insurance goal. The Valiant secured the victory with an empty net goal in the final minute of action.
Manhattanville finished with a 34-22 advantage in shots and a 46-25 advantage in faceoffs won. Zdolshek amassed a game-high 30 saves for Nazareth. Fleming tallied 21 saves to earn the victory.
After Saturday's contest in Stamford, the Golden Flyers return to the Sports Centre at MCC to host nationally ranked Hobart on November 16th and 17th. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.