Manhattanville Again Takes #1 St. Norbert Into OT in Tough 2-1 Loss

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DE PERE, Wis. – The Manhattanville College men's hockey team took the consensus #1 St. Norbert College Green Knights to overtime for the second straight night on Saturday, but a power-play goal with 1:50 remaining was the difference as the home team escaped with a 2-1 (OT) win over the Valiants at the Cornerstone Community Center.
 
Manhattanville (3-2-2) once again proved it belonged on the same ice as the top-ranked team in Division III, as the Valiants trailed for less than three minutes both on Saturday night and in the 128:10 of action this weekend.
 
However, penalties proved to be the undoing of the Valiants again on Saturday, as an ill-timed infraction in overtime allowed Kurt Black to pot the game-winner 3:10 into the extra period. In all, three of the four goals scored by St. Norbert (7-0-1) in the two-game series came on the man advantage.
 
The opening two periods were a goaltending duel between Valiant junior Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL)) and Green Knight junior T.J. Black, as both goalies turned aside all 13 shots they faced over the first 40 minutes of action. St. Norbert finally cracked the scoring column with 8:47 remaining in regulation, when Steven Phillips took a pass from Dominick Sacco and beat Feaver from point-blank range to put the home team ahead.
 
But freshman Taylor Bommarito (Sterling Heights, Mich./Charlotte Rush (USPHL)) evened the score 2:56 later, finding the net from the left circle with 5:51 remaining in the third period. The unassisted goal was the freshman's fourth of the season, ranking him second on the team.
 
Feaver did his part to send the game into overtime by making 15 saves in the third period alone, including robbing a SNC player in the final five seconds of regulation with a huge glove save.
 
St. Norbert finished the night with a 36-22 edge in shots, as the Green Knights outshot the Valiants 16-9 in the third period and 7-0 in overtime. Feaver ended the evening with 34 saves to keep Manhattanville in the game, while Black made 21 saves for SNC.
 
Manhattanville will return home next weekend for two big United Collegiate Hockey Conference matchups, beginning with a Friday night tilt against conference preseason favorite Utica College at 7 p.m. at Playland Ice Casino.
 

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