MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team met up with the Utica College Pioneers for the second time in eight days on Saturday night. After defeating the Pioneers 5-2 on their home ice last Friday, the Mustangs traveled to Utica Memorial Auditorium to take place in the Pioneers' Teddy Bear Toss game.
Unfortunately the game did not end in the Mustangs' favor as they fell 3-2 in overtime.
Morrisville got on the board first late in the first period when John Lauer (Syracuse, N.Y.) deposited his own rebound into the back of the net at the 18:07 mark. Jon Kasper (Pittsburgh, Pa.) notched the assist.
Just under five minutes later, the Utica fans were able to toss their teddy bears as the Pioneers cut the lead in half by Kevin Kirisits.
With the score 2-1 in favor of the Mustangs heading into the third period, Utica turned up the heat, outshooting Morrisville 11-7. Their pressure paid off as they knotted the score up at 2 all at the 13:06 mark off of a goal by Shawn Lynch.
The Mustangs had a shot to end it late in the third when Utica drew a roughing penalty at 18:18. However, Morrisville was unable to convert on the power play, sending the game into overtime.
Morrisville picked up another power play opportunity in the middle of the overtime period, but a tripping penalty by the Mustangs put the teams back to even. After 40 seconds of four skaters versus four skaters, the Pioneers were able to move into a power play opportunity of their own.
Utica took a timeout with a minute and seventeen seconds left in the game. Shortly thereafter, the Pioneers won the draw and deposited the sudden victory goal with 1:03 left on the clock.
Jared Young (Pueblo West, Colo.) suffered the hard luck loss in the net for Morrisville despite picking up 35 saves on the night.
The Mustangs will not return to the ice until 2017 when they travel to Johnson and Wales College for a non-conference match up on Saturday, January 7. Game time is set for 7:25 PM.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.