In an eventful two-game weekend, the Millersville Ice Hockey team took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and the La Salle Explorers, winning both games with a combined 13 goals scored.
Against Rutgers, Nick Mullarkey was the first to score in the game, shifting the momentum towards the Marauders. Not long after, Sean Nielsen scored to increase their lead by two just three minutes into the game.
With their morale dwindling, the Scarlet Knights seemed easily penetrable. Read Bohon took advantage of their shortcomings and added one more goal to Millersville’s already impressive lead.
After a late response by Rutgers, with the score now at 3-1, Bohon extended his authority by scoring yet again to give the Marauders a three-goal lead.
With their confidence through the roof, Millersville began to let their guard down. Late in the second period, Rutgers scored to put them within two goals of tying. In the ensuing twelve minutes, the Scarlet Knights’ prayers were answered scoring twice to tie the game at four, and sending the game into overtime.
In the final minutes of what was a suspenseful period, Travis Duffey of the Marauders sent a shot toward the goal, which bounced of the pads of the Rutgers’ goalie and into the net, giving Millersville the long-awaited win.
After defeating the Scarlet Knights, the Marauders turned their attention toward the La Salle Explorers in hopes of sweeping their weekend of games.
Millersville maintained an enormous amount of pressure on La Salle, with the Explorers backed up into their own zone for a majority of the first period. Sean Nielsen took advantage of a poor pass and sent a rocket into the net to give the Marauders an early 1-0 lead. Cyle Knopf would not be outdone, scoring almost immediately after to increase their lead to two.
Numerous turnovers contributed to the Explorers’ downfall. Austin Reaser took advantage of yet another, sending the puck into the back of the net, and giving Millersville a threegoal lead.
Just before the end of the first period, Josh Feehan managed score, increasing the Marauders’ lead to 4-0. After Feehan scored his second goal of the game in the second period, Kyle Lane scored his first collegiate goal of his career.
With the score now at 6-0, Zach Juliano and Mike Carpenter excelled the team’s domination by each scoring their own goals.
8-0 would be the final score in what was an absolute thrashing of La Salle. With the win, Eric Hench recorded his second shutout of the season, denying 30 opposing shots.
With their three-game winning streak, Millersville is now tied for first place with Gettysburg in the GNCHC West standings. Looking to keep their win-streak alive, the Marauders travel to Muhlenberg next Friday, then to the University of Delaware on Saturday in another two-game weekend.