Elmira Edged in UCHC Opener by Manhattanville, 5-3

Score: Manhattanville College 5, Elmira College 3
Records: Elmira (1-2-0, 0-1-0 UCHC), Manhattanville (1-0-1, 1-0-0 UCHC)
Location: Murray Athletic Center – Pine Valley, N.Y.
 The Elmira College men's ice hockey team opened play within the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) against long-time rival Manhattanville College. Elmira was unable to hold onto a brief one-goal lead in the second period, as the Valiants skated away with a 5-3 victory at the Murray Athletic Center.
The Valiants jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Matt Lippa in the opening 27 seconds of regulation. Lippa's goal came on a broken play that saw his shot deflect off of a Soaring Eagle defender and past a screened Jake Sabourin '21. Eric Berglund and Axel Walltott were credited with assists on Lippa's game-opening score.
Captain Chris Moses '19 answered for the Purple and Gold with an unassisted goal at the 5:41 mark of the first period, tying the contest at 1-1. A turnover by a Manhattanville defenseman behind the net allowed Moses to collect the puck from just outside the crease. From there, Moses quickly snapped a wrist shot that beat Manhattanville's Tyler Feaver stick-side for the score.
After killing a pair of penalties, it looked as though Elmira would escape the opening 20 minutes with a tie, but a good heads-up play by Manhattanville's Ryan Jackson sent the Valiants into the first intermission with a one-goal lead. Passes by Taylor Bommarito and Casper Dyrssen set up the scoring play, as Jackson cashed-in on a shot from the slot with 2:04 remaining in the first period.
The second stanza was packed with scoring, as both sides lit the lamp twice. Nick Ford '20 began the scoring frenzy with a power-play strike 1:29 into the period on assists from Connor Powell '20 and Harry Kramer '20. The scoring play began with a blast from the point by Kramer, which was saved but bounced out to Powell on the right-side of the ice. Powell carried the puck into the slot, before sending a cross-ice pass to Ford at the left faceoff dot. From there, Ford took one touch of the puck before burying it top-shelf.
Just over three minutes later Elmira claimed its first lead of the game on a goal from the team's leading scorer, Matthew Cuce '20. Rookie blueliner Ryan Blais '21 began the play with a pass out of the d-zone to Cuce, who sent a quick pass over to Ford, setting up a 2-on-1. Ford dished the puck back to Cuce in the zone, where he carried it just outside the crease before sliding it through Feaver's five-hole for the go-ahead goal.
Elmira's lead lasted just 3:08, as Jackson scored his second of the night. Jackson followed up a shot by Lippa, which was initially saved, but he was there to clean up the rebound and push it into the open net.
Tonight's game remained tied for nearly 10 minutes until the Valiants reclaimed their lead, despite playing down a skater. Following a penalty on Manhattanville's Berglund, Elmira went on the power play, but a turnover at center ice set up a 2-on-1 rush for the Valiants. Jared Martin took advantage of the moment and fired a shot over the shoulder of Sabourin to give Manhattanville a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.  Cory Anderson was credited with an assist on the goal.
Elmira eyed a comeback in the third period, and even had a power-play chance to do it, but the Valiants held the Soaring Eagles to just three shots on goal to limit EC's scoring opportunities. Manhattanville, on the other hand, padded its lead on a goal from Ken McLean on assists from Walltott and Lippa, which all but sealed a 5-3 win for the visitors.
Total shots finished in favor of the Valiants, 36-23. The visitors were also whistled for six penalties, granting Elmira six power-play opportunities in which EC converted on just once. Elmira was called for two infractions, but Manhattanville came up empty on both of its power plays. EC also held a slim edge at the faceoff dot, 38-36.
EC's Sabourin finished the contest with 31 saves, which included a pair of double-digit save performances in the first and third periods. His counterpart from Manhattanville, Feaver, amassed 20 saves in a winning effort.
News and Notes

  • Cuce scored his team-leading third goal of the season.
  • Ford scored his second power-play goal of the year, a mark that leads the Soaring Eagles.
  • Moses registered his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Kramer and Powell were credited with assists, placing the two sophomores in a tie for the team lead with four apiece.
  • Sabourin has made at least 30 saves in each of his first three collegiate starts.

Up Next
The Soaring Eagles return to action tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., when they host the Monarchs of King's College (Pa.) in UCHC play. 

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.