#13 Manhattanville Nets Season-High Nine to Crush Suffolk, 9-2

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BOSTON, Mass. – Goals came in bunches for the Manhattanville men's hockey team on Tuesday night, as the #11/13 Valiants dominated Suffolk to the tune of a 9-2 victory in the squad's non-conference finale on Tuesday night at Steriti Rink.

The line of sophomore Mark Rivera (Belmar, N.J./Springfield Pics (EJHL)), freshman Paul Allan Bamberg (Lulea, Sweden/Lulea HF J20 (SWE)) and senior Jason Bowles (Elkhorn, Man./Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL)) was dominant in the win for Manhattanville (11-4-1), combining for 11 points on four goals and seven assists. Rivera had two goals and an assist, Bamberg scored his first collegiate goal and assisted on four more for a game-high five points, while Bowles added a goal and two helpers of his own.

In addition to Bamberg's first collegiate tally, sophomores Luke Challier (Vancouver, B.C./Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)) and Eric McClure (Mitchell, Ont./Thorold Blackhawks (OJHL)) scored their first career goals as well, while senior assistant captain Craig Simchuk (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg Saints (MJHL)) tallied a pair and senior co-captain Brett Skalski (Exton, Pa./Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)) also found the net.

David Lazaro and Charlie McGinnis had the goals for Suffolk (5-7-3).

The visitors came out with a huge edge in possession and shots (19-8) in the first period, but only went into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

It did not take long for Manhattanville to get on the board, as Rivera found the net only 17 seconds into the contest. The sophomore took passes from Bowles and Bamberg and went behind the net before picking the short side to beat Rams netminder Brandon Smolarek.

The Valiants continued to dominate play, keeping the puck in the Suffolk defensive end for much of the first 10 minutes, but Suffolk came back to even the score when McGinnis was there to sweep home the rebound of a Richard Woodworth shot. However, the visitors again responded with alacrity off the subsequent faceoff, as Simchuk won the draw to senior Brendan Turner (Tisdale, Sask./Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)) who fed Simchuk for the quick goal just 13 seconds later.

Manhattanville continued to dominate play in the middle period, posting a 17-5 edge in shots and scoring the only three goals of the frame to extend its lead to four after 40 minutes.

The Valiants again got a quick start in the frame, as Skalski stood in the high slot and put home a feed from junior Louie Balzano (Staten Island, N.Y./New York Apple Core (EJHL)) 1:46 into the period. Bamberg struck for his first career goal less than three minutes later, stuffing home the rebound of a shot from sophomore Joel Rosenberg (Sigtuna, Sweden/Boston Bulldogs (AJHL)) to make it 4-1.

Bowles continued his line's excellent play at the 12:55 mark of the period, completing the trio of linemates to find the net by finishing a rebound of a Bamberg shot in front of the net to give the visitors a four-goal advantage headed into the third.

The goals continued to come in the final frame, with the Valiants scoring four times and the Rams scoring once to complete the night.

Rivera started the third period just like he did the first, scoring 34 seconds into the stanza for his second of the night. After a Lazaro tally made it 6-2, McClure put a seven-spot up for the visitors by taking a nice feed from sophomore Luc Van Natter (Fort Erie, Ont./Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)) and finding the back of the net for the first time with 9:08 left.

The Valiants used the rest of the contest to work on the power play, scoring twice in three chances with the man advantage to complete the ledger. Challier's first career tally made it an 8-2 game with 6:40 left, and Simchuk potted his second of the night on a two-man advantage to account for the final score.

For the night, Manhattanville posted a big 51-20 edge in shots. Sophomore Alex Scola (Exeter, N.H./Woodstock Slammers (MJHL)) improved to 3-0-0 in goal for the Valiants by turning aside 18 shots, while Smolarek (2-3-3) made 31 saves on 36 shots over the first two periods before Brian Jacobs came on for the third, allowing four goals on 15 shots.

Manhattanville, which finishes its non-conference slate with a 7-3-0 record, will play ECAC West Conference games from here on out beginning on Friday, when the Valiants travel to Aston, Pa., to take on Neumann for a 7 p.m. faceoff. The game will be audio streamed live on WMVL 88.1 FM beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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