MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team nearly pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory on Saturday night, but settled for an 8-8 overtime tie with Plattsburgh State.
Ryan Bochert (Denver, Colo.) picked up his first goal of the season to give the Mustangs an early lead at the 1:34 mark in the first period. However, just like last night, Plattsburgh rattled off several unanswered goals before Morrisville could get back on the board. From the 2:33 mark in the first until the 18:09 mark, it was all Cardinals with the line of Kyle Hall, Antoine Desnoyers, Cole Stallard, Philip Middleton, and Ayrton Valente doing most of the damage.
Morrisville proved they would not go quietly as they cut the lead to 5-2 on a power play goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first. Henry Hearon (Chicago, Ill.) picked up the goal with Jordan Carvalho (Brampton, Ontario) and Joseph Santino (Woodbridge, Ontario) assisting.
Sal Stalteri (Woodbridge, Ontario) entered the game for the Mustangs at the start of the second period and the Cardinals tested him early scoring at the 00:23 mark and the 6:27 mark to extend their lead to 7-2.
Despite being down five tallies, the Mustangs continued to fight, picking up goals from Jimmy Philbin (Chicago, Ill.) and Layne Martin (Findlay, Ohio) at the 11:27 and 12:28 marks respectively to bring the score to 7-4. Unfortunately, Morrisville lost a bit of momentum giving up a power play goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second period to give Plattsburgh the 8-4 advantage.
Down four goals entering the final period of regulation, the Mustangs dug deep and began to mount a nearly improbable comeback. Mike Giacometti (Mississauga, Ontario), who helped spark Friday night's rally, came up big again just under four minutes into the period.
Less than three minutes later, CJ Stubb's (Pleasant Grove, Vt.) blast from the point in a power play situation woke up the home crown as the Mustangs began to inch closer.
Senior, Joe Ftoma (Winnipeg, Manitoba) picked up his second goal of the season off a bullet slap shot to bring the Mustangs within one at the 10:58 mark. Martin and Giacometti were credited with the assists.
The comeback looked as though it had stalled out as Morrisville tried desperately to notch the equalizer. Finally, with just over a minute left to play the Mustangs pulled Stalteri in favor of the extra skater. The move paid off when Ian Wood (Pittsburgh, Pa.) found the back of the net with 39 seconds remaining in the game bringing the score to 8 all. Carvalho was credited with one of the assists, his 20th of the season, while Stubbs picked up the other assist.
Ultimately, neither team was able to score in the five minute overtime frame, forcing both squads to settle for the 8-8 draw.
Morrisville will continue with SUNYAC play on Friday, January 27 as they host SUNY Geneseo in the first game of the weekend series.
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.