Rivera's Two Goals Lead #14 Manhattanville Past Western NE

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STAMFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Mark Rivera (Belmar, N.J./Springfield Pics (EJHL)) scored twice in the third period and also added a first-period assist to account for all three Valiant goals as Manhattanville, ranked 14th in the latest D3Hockey.com Div. III National Poll, outlasted Western New England by a 3-2 score in a non-conference contest at Terry Conners Rink on Tuesday night.
The Valiants improved to 4-0 at their new home rink and extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) with the hard-fought win, the team's fourth in a row. Manhattanville posted a 40-26 edge in shots on the night, with a game-high seven coming off the stick of Rivera. Senior Brendan Turner (Tisdale, Sask./Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)) took five shots and scored the home team's first goal in the victory.
The Valiants started the game strong, taking 19 shots and allowing only five over the first 20 minutes, and yet the two teams went into the intermission tied up at one. Western New England struck first at the 12:04 mark when Andrew Cramer lit the lamp, but Manhattanville responded 1:09 later when Rivera skated through a crowd and dropped the puck off to the top of the crease for Turner, who tapped it into an empty net for his third of the year.
After a scoreless second period and much of the third, Rivera took over the game by scoring twice in 1:32 late in the third frame to put the home team ahead. With 4:56 left in regulation, the sophomore scored his first goal of the year by beating WNE netminder Eric Sorenson while the teams skated four on four. Then less than 100 seconds later and with the teams still one-man down apiece, senior Scott Hudson (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)) tipped a Golden Bear outlet pass in the defensive zone and it went directly to Rivera in front of the net for a quick put away.
Western New England kept fighting, getting an extra-attacker goal by Brian Prost with 36 seconds left, but had no more last-minute heroics and the Valiants came away with the win.
Sophomore Brian Fleming (Saint John, N.B./Northern Cyclones (AJHL)) had a steady night in goal for Manhattanville, making 24 saves on 26 shots to pick up his third straight win in the crease. Sorenson did all he could to keep his team in the game, making 37 saves in a losing effort for Western New England.
Manhattanville (4-1-1) will return to action over the weekend at Castleton State's Rutland Herald Invitational, as the Valiants will take on Tufts in the opening round on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. Fans that can't make the trip can follow all the action with live audio on WMVLRadio.com beginning at 2:50 p.m.

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