Dyrssen the Latest OT Hero as Manhattanville Knocks Off #5 Hobart, 5-4

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RYE, N.Y. – Freshman Casper Dyrssen (Stockholm, Sweden/Northern Cyclones (EHL)) capped his first career multi-goal game with the game-winning tally 2:00 into overtime as the Manhattanville College men's hockey team continued its late-game magic at Playland Ice Casino with a thrilling 5-4 (OT) victory over #5/5 Hobart College in a huge ECAC West Conference matchup on Friday night.
 
The victory moves Manhattanville (11-10-1, 7-5-0 ECAC West) back into sole possession of second place in the conference with three games left, one point ahead of Utica College, which tied Elmira College 2-2 tonight.
 
The win improves the Valiants to an impressive 6-1-1 in overtime games this season. The team is a perfect 5-0-0 in overtime games at Playland in 2015-16, and amazingly all five games have ended with the same 5-4 score in favor of the home team.
 
In addition to Dyrssen's two-goal game, junior Nolan Marshall (Drumheller, Alta./Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)) had a goal and an assist while linemates junior Teagan Waugh (Nanaimo, B.C./Powell River Kings (BCHL)) and sophomore Stephen Gaul (Downers Grove, Ill./Springfield Pics (USPHL)) added two assists and one goal, respectively. Sophomore Kevin Loppatto (Atlanta, Ga./Springfield Pics (USPHL)) also found the net against his former team and freshman Jeff Beck (Broomall, Pa./Philadelphia Junior Flyers (EHL)) had two assists as well for the Valiants.
 
At the other end of the ice, freshman Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL)) was called upon to make big save after big save against a persistent Statesmen attack, which outshot Manhattanville 51-25 on the night. The freshman turned aside a season-high 47 shots to rank seventh on the school's single-game list, marking the most saves by a Valiant since Brian Fleming (Saint John, N.B./Northern Cyclones (AJHL)) '15 made 51 stops against Hobart on November 2, 2012.
 
In stark contrast to the first 60 minutes, both teams had chances to end the game in the two minutes of overtime, but once again it was Manhattanville with the magic on its side. Beck started the winning sequence by coming behind the net and feeding classmate Cory Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)) in the slot for a great chance that was stopped by Chimienti, but during the ensuing struggle in the crease Dyrssen managed to get a stick on the puck and tap it home to incite yet another end-of-game celebration at Playland.
 
Hobart (17-4-2, 10-3-0 ECAC West) carried play for much of the opening period, outshooting Manhattanville by a 17-4 margin, and yet it was the Valiants that went into the first intermission with a lead. All four Valiant shots came within a two-minute period midway through the frame, and the latter two resulted in goals for the home team. Loppatto put home the rebound of a shot by freshman Axel Walltott (Stockholm, Sweden/Varmdo HC J20 (SWE)) at 6:44 to get the Valiants on the board against his former team, and Gaul struck again just 17 seconds later to make it a 2-0 lead.
 
The Statesmen got one back from Bobby Sokol put home the rebound of a Tyler Wolf shot, but Feaver played well for most of the period and turned aside 16 shots to keep the home team ahead after one period.
 
Dyrssen extended the Valiant lead to 3-1 at the 8:19 mark of the middle period with his first of the night. However, Hobart got goals from Cam Shaheen and Brad Robbins to tie the score after two periods and then went ahead for the first time with 8:11 left in regulation on Connor Simon's second of the season.
 
But Manhattanville took advantage of a five-on-three power play to even the score with less than four minutes remaining. Just as the first penalty expired, senior Matt Coleman (Brentwood, N.Y./Springfield Pics (EJHL)) found Waugh below the goal line and he made a captain-to-captain connection with Marshall for a one-timer that beat Hobart netminder Lino Chimienti for the game-tying goal.
 
The Valiants and Statesmen will return to Playland tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to complete the weekend and season series.

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