MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team found themselves in a hole early, but ran out of time in their comeback attempt, ultimately falling 6-4 to the visiting Knights from Neumann University on Friday evening.
Neumann made a statement quickly, posting their first goal just over a minute into action. Five minutes later, the Knights struck again for the early 2-0 lead.
Henry Hearon (Chicago, Ill.) found the Knights' goalie out of position after an initial save, ripping a shot from the blue line into the back of the net to cut the lead in half. CJ Stubbs (Pleasant Grove, Vt.) and Jordan Carvalho (Brampton, Ontario) picked up the assists.
The first period scoring did not stop there, as Neumann once again put pressure on the Mustangs, scoring at the 11:57 mark. However, Morrisville responded eight minutes later when Jimmy Philbin (Chicago, Ill.) tallied his first goal of the season off of an assist from Bradley Hefner (Billings, Mt.).
Down 3-2 entering the second period, the Mustangs looked to ride the momentum from the end of the first period, but Neumann kept responding. Liam Board scored two of his three goals of the game for the Knights in the second period.
Santino kept Morrisville within striking distance with a goal at the 13:49 mark in the third period, bringing the score to 5-4 as Ftoma and Carvalho assisted on the play. Unfortunately, two late penalties by the Mustangs forced them into skating two men down for just over a minute and Neumann was able to capitalize with an insurance goal at 18:57.
The Mustangs will return to conference play this coming weekend as they travel to Plattsburgh State on Friday, January 20 for a 7 PM game. Morrisville will return home for the second game of that series on Saturday, January 21. Game time on Saturday is also set for 7 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.