Manhattanville and #11 Neumann Skate to 2-2 (OT) Draw

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ASTON, Pa. – The 13th-ranked Manhattanville men's hockey team earned a key point in the ECAC West Conference standings and earned a split of the season series with #15/11 Neumann as the teams skated to a 2-2 (OT) tie on Saturday night at Ice Works.

Sophomore Mark Rivera (Belmar, N.J./Springfield Pics (EJHL)) and senior assistant captain Scott Hudson (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)) had the goals for Manhattanville, while junior Luc Van Natter (Fort Erie, Ont./Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)) assisted on both Valiant tallies for a multi-point night.

Manhattanville (12-7-2, 5-4-2 ECAC West) remained three points ahead of Neumann (12-6-3, 4-6-1 ECAC West) for third place in the ECAC West Conference standings with the tie, and now sits two points behind second-place Utica pending the Pioneers' game against Hobart tomorrow afternoon.

The first period did not feature a ton of action on either end of the ice, as the two squads combined for only 14 shots. Neumann had a slight 8-6 edge in that department and also scored the only goal of the opening frame, as Craig Cowie scored with 1:40 remaining in the period to put the Knights ahead.

But just like on Friday night, Manhattanville had the better of play in the middle frame, as the Valiants took advantage of their chances to score twice and head into the third period with a one-goal lead.

The visitors received some help midway through the frame when Neumann took three penalties in a two-minute span, giving the squad a full two minutes of five-on-three advantage. And while the team did not score on the two-man advantage, the goal came very soon after while up one man, as Rivera beat keeper Braely Torris for his eighth of the year from Van Natter and sophomore Anton Racklin (Gothenburg, Sweden/Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)) at the 5:20 mark.

The Valiants picked up their first lead of the game at 9:00 of the frame, coming just over a minute after killing off a Neumann power-play chance. Hudson lit the lamp for the team-leading 10th time this year, giving him a total of 39 for his career that moves him into a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time list. Linemates Van Natter and freshman Matt Coleman (Brentwood, N.Y./Springfield Pics (EJHL)) picked up the assists on the score.

Neither team could find the net again in the period, despite the Valiants ending the frame with over one minute of five-on-three advantage. Manhattanville posted a 15-10 edge in shots in the period and took a lead into the third, a situation in which the team was a perfect 8-0-0 headed into the night.

But the Valiants did not make it easy on themselves, as the visitors were whistled for three penalties in 80 seconds early in the frame that allowed Neumann to swing momentum back to their side. And unlike the Valiants in the second period, the Knights needed only 20 seconds of five-on-three time to tie the score, as Steve Gervais beat sophomore Brian Fleming (Saint John, N.B./Northern Cyclones (AJHL)) at the 3:23 mark to make it a 2-2 game.

Thanks in large part to the power-play time, Neumann took the first seven shots on goal of the third period, and the Valiants remained off the shot chart until the midpoint of the frame when shots by senior Jason Bowles (Elkhorn, Man./Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL)) and junior Adam Young (Edmonton, Alta./Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)) finally made their way to Torris in goal. Manhattanville fought back to even the shots at eight apiece, but neither team could find the net again and the teams went into overtime locked up at two.

The two teams could only manage a combined three shots in the extra session, with Fleming turning side both shots he saw and Torris saving the only attempt that came his way as both teams settled for one point in the standings.

For the night, Manhattanville posted a slight 30-28 edge in shots. Fleming made 26 saves on 28 attempts, while Torris had 28 saves on 30 shots. Both teams went 1 for 6 on the power play on the night.

The Valiants will play their final four games of the regular season at home at Terry Conners Rink, where they are a perfect 6-0-0 so far this season. The homestretch begins on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against current #5/5 Hobart, and fans can watch all the action live on GoValiants.TV beginning at 5:15 p.m.

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