Swede Success: Arfelt's First Two Goals Lead Manhattanville Over Stevenson, 5-4

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RYE, N.Y. – Sophomore Oscar Arfelt (Stockholm, Sweden/Connecticut Oilers (EHL)) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career, including the game-winner with 38.7 seconds left in the third period, to lead the Manhattanville College men's hockey team to a huge 5-4 victory over Stevenson University in a pivotal ECAC West Conference matchup on Saturday night at Playland Ice Casino.
 
The win, combined with Hobart College's 3-2 loss at Utica College tonight, moves Manhattanville (12-9-1, 8-3-0) two points ahead of Hobart into sole possession of second place in the ECAC West standings with two weekends left to go, although the Statesmen do have a game in hand on the Valiants in the race for a top-two seed.
 
Led by Arfelt's two goals, it was a very successful day for many of Manhattanville's Swedes. Sophomore Axel Walltott (Stockholm, Sweden/Varmdo HC J20 (SWE)) recorded a career-high three points with a trio of assists, while junior assistant captain Thimmy Garbenius (Nykvarn, Sweden/Sodertalje SK (SWE)) and sophomores Eric Berglund (Sollentuna, Sweden/Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL)) and Casper Dyrssen (Stockholm, Sweden/Northern Cyclones (EHL)) all picked up assists as well on the evening.
 
Senior assistant captain Adam Platt (Trumbull, Conn./Springfield Pics (USPHL)) led all non-Swedes with a pair of goals on Senior Night as well, and sophomore Jeff Beck (Broomall, Pa./Philadelphia Junior Flyers (EHL)) also scored for the home team in the win.
 
Arfelt's game-winner marked the perfect end to a back-and-forth third period, which saw Stevenson score twice to tie the game with 4:13 remaining. But with under 30 seconds to go, Berglund fed a pass back to the right point to Arfelt, whose wrist shot eluded bodies in front and Mustang backup netminder Pierce Dushenko for the final goal of the night.
 
Sophomore Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL)) made 26 saves on 30 shots to earn the win for Manhattanville, while Dushenko was the hard-luck loser for Stevenson despite stopping 22 of 24 shots in relief of Jacob Caffrey, who was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period.

For the second straight night, Manhattanville stormed out to that big lead after one period, thanks in large part to Platt. The senior opened the scoring at the 7:51 mark with a rifle from the right circle, with assists going to Walltott and fellow sophomore Matt Lippa (Richmond Hill, Ont./Oakville Blades (OJHL)). The Valiants doubled their lead just over a minute later in the very first second of its first power-play chance of the night, when Beck struck from the right point for his third goal of the year.
 
Platt was at it again with under two minutes to go in the period, potting his 11th of the season again from Lippa and Walltott to put the Valiants up 3-0 after 20 minutes.
 
Stevenson got two goals back in the first half of the middle frame to assume some momentum and get back into the contest, with Bruce Stachitas scoring 1:41 into the period and Davis scoring his first of the night on a five-on-three advantage at the 7:03 mark. But Arfelt regained the Valiants' two-goal lead heading into the third period thanks to his first career tally with 8:42 left.
 
Manhattanville will finish off the regular season with three road ECAC West contests, beginning with a critical meeting against nationally ranked Hobart on Friday at 7 p.m. in Geneva.

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