ASTON, PA (November 30, 2018) – Jamie Lukas and Tommy Green each scored in the final 10 minutes to lead the King's College men's ice hockey team to their first-ever win with a 2-1 victory at Neumann University at the IceWorks Skating Complex in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) game in Aston.
The Monarchs (1-10-0, 1-5-0 UCHC) and Knights (0-8-2, 0-4-2) entered the night with both teams looking for their first win of the year. King's got off to a strong start winning the opening faceoff and pushing the puck down towards goal where Lukas took the first shot of the game. Former Monarch goalie Mike Cosentino made the save in net for Neumann. KC kept the pressure on Cosentino with shots by Tyler O'Mara, Mitchell Foster, and Nicholas Palumbo in the opening minutes. The sophomore netminder was able to keep all three attempts out of the back of the net.
Neumann took a 1-0 lead at 15:45 when Cullen Chin scored his second goal of the year off Zac Boyle's fifth assist. The Knights looked to expand on their lead in the seconds period putting 17 shots on goal. Brandon Daigle put together another fantastic performance in goal for the Monarchs stopping all 17 shots in the period to keep the deficit at one. King's put 11 shots on goal in the period but were unable to get the puck past their former teammate.
The Knights kept pushing for another goal in the third period as Daigle made three saves before Drew Bobynskyj hit the pipe at the 2:32 mark. Daigle was forced to make nine more save in before the halfway mark of the period. The Monarchs broke through the NU defense to tie the game up as Lukas found the back of the net for the fourth consecutive game for his sixth goal of the year and 10th of his career. Luciano Bucci picked up his sixth assist of the year while Michael DiSchiavi recorded his fourth assist on the play.
King's had a chance to take the lead with a power play opportunity 13 seconds after Lukas's tally. Unfortunately, the Monarchs were only able to get one shot off in the two-minute penalty as Cosentino denied another attempt by Lukas. The Knights came out of the penalty kill strong as Ryan Swain exited the penalty box and quickly put two shots on goal that Daigle knocked away. NU kept the pressure on the freshman as Daigle made four more save in a span of a few minutes.
Richie Brusco put a shot wide at 17:14 for the Knights and King's picked up the puck and sent it quickly up the ice as Cameron Anklewich passed it up to Matt Amelio. Amelio then passed it to Green who knocked it pass Costentino for his first goal of the year with 2:29 on the clock. The assists were the first career for Amelio and Anklewich's second of the year and 10th career point.
The Monarchs were called for a hooking penalty with 1:04 left giving the Knights the extra-man advantage. NU also pulled their goalie for an extra attacker to try and tie the game up. The Monarch defense held strong as Orion Linnehan and Palumbo blocked three shots before Daigle made one final save right before the horn to give the Monarchs the victory.
Daigle finished with 46 saves in net to improve to 1-5-0 on the year. The freshman made 40 consecutive saves to close out the game. Lukas finished with six shots on goal while O'Mara and Foster had four each. King's committed five penalties for 10 minutes and were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Knights had a 47-29 shot advantage and won 35 of the 61 faceoffs. Joe Mitchell took a game-high seven shots while Brusco and Swain had six each. NU committed four penalties for eight minutes and successfully killed all four Monarch power plays.
The Monarchs will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they visit Middle Atlantic Conference rival Manhattanville College in a UCHC/MAC contest at 3:30 p.m. in Rye, NY at the Playland Ice Casino. The Valiants, who were receiving a vote in this week's USCHO Top 15 Poll, fell to Wilkes 5-3 on Friday night as the Colonels rallied for three third period goals.