Platt and Feaver Rescue Manhattanville in 5-3 Win over Lebanon Valley

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RYE, N.Y. – Senior assistant captain Adam Platt (Trumbull, Conn./Springfield Pics (USPHL)) scored a shorthanded goal with 3:44 left in the third period to break a 3-all tie and sophomore Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL)) was perfect in a rare relief appearance to lift the Manhattanville College men's hockey team to a big 5-3 victory over Lebanon Valley College in ECAC West Conference action on Friday night at Playland Ice Casino.
The win was key for Manhattanville (11-9-1, 7-3-0 ECAC West) in the race for a top-two seed in the ECAC West Tournament, as the Valiants remained tied for second place with Hobart College with four games left on the regular-season schedule.
Both Platts found the net for the Valiants in the crucial third period, as Adam's go-ahead goal was followed by an empty-netter from younger brother Bryan Platt (Trumbull, Conn./Springfield Pics (USPHL)) to seal the victory, Bryan's fourth straight game with a goal. Sophomores Jeff Beck (Broomall, Pa./Philadelphia Junior Flyers (EHL))Eric Berglund (Sollentuna, Sweden/Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL)) and Matt Lippa (Richmond Hill, Ont./Oakville Blades (OJHL)) all scored as well for Manhattanville, which needed all the offense it could get against a pesky Lebanon Valley (3-16-2, 0-10-1 ECAC West) squad.
For the first 40 minutes, the game was a tale of two periods. Manhattanville outshot LVC 17-3 in the first frame and scored three times to seemingly take control of the contest.
Berglund started the scoring 4:22 in when he converted a two-on-one with senior co-captain Teagan Waugh (Nanaimo, B.C./Powell River Kings (BCHL)), while Beck scored on the power play from freshmen Ryan Jackson (Montreal, Que./Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL)) and Ken McLean (New Rochelle, N.Y./New York Bobcats (EHL)) at the 10:50 mark. Lippa made it a 3-0 game with 5:32 left in the period, as he picked up a turnover in the defensive zone and buried his team-leading 12th tally of the season.
But things turned quickly for Manhattanville in the second period, as Lebanon Valley scored three goals in 3:30 to shockingly tie the score. Cole Hepler struck first on the power play at 2:23, and that was followed 28 seconds later by a Brian Hovanec score to get the Dutchmen back within one. Just over three minutes later, PJ Hefferin leveled the game with his fourth of the year at the 5:53 mark that forced Valiant head coach Arlen Marshall to call timeout and insert Feaver into the game.
That move proved to be a turning point, as Feaver weathered a storm of LVC chances for the remainder of the frame, including several spectacular stops that kept his team in the game. The Valiants managed to head into the final period still tied at three, giving the home team a chance to regroup.
The game remained even headed into the final minutes, when Manhattanville was sent to the penalty kill for the fourth time with 3:55 remaining. But it was the Valiants who came up with a huge play on special teams, as Platt forced a turnover in the offensive zone and buried a second-chance shot past LVC's Joel Eisenhower to put the home team ahead for good.
Another LebVal penalty gave Manhattanville the extra skater for the final minutes, and the younger Platt capitalized on an empty net by skating the puck into the goal for his ninth of the year, tying his brother for second on the team in goals.
The Valiants finished the game with a big 44-24 edge in shots. Feaver was the hero of the night for Manhattanville, stopping all 16 shots he faced in relief to earn his ninth win of the year. Eisenhower turned aside 39 shots to keep the Dutchmen in the game despite suffering the loss.
Manhattanville will play its final home game of the regular season tomorrow night, when the Valiants celebrate their five graduating seniors with Senior Night before a key ECAC West Conference battle with Stevenson University starting at 7 p.m. at Playland.

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