MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team battled back and forth with the Mustangs from Stevenson University on Saturday evening, ultimately settling for a 2-2 tie.
The visiting Stevenson College Mustangs and the host Morrisville State Mustangs matched each other shot for shot in the first period with Stevenson tallying 17 and Morrisville tallying 14. However, each Mustang goaltender was up to the task, denying each shot faced for the 0-0 tie at the end of the first twenty minutes of play.
Stevenson picked up the pace in the second period, scoring once at the 5:41 mark and again just before the end of the period at the 19:38 mark. The visiting Mustangs tallied 14 shots on the period and both goals were power play scoring opportunities.
However, Morrisville was able to respond between the two Stevenson goals, with an even-handed score at the 6:51 mark. Mason Corliss (Katy, Tex.) picked up his first goal of the season taking a cross-crease pass from Nick DeVito (Averill Park, N.Y.) for the score. Also assisting on the play was Christian Vella (Rochester, N.Y.).
At the end of forty minutes of action, Stevenson led Morrisville 2-1.
Despite being outshot 11-6 in the third period, it was the host Mustangs who would prove to be more efficient. Morrisville converted just under three minutes into the third with a Layne Martin (Findlay, Ohio) strike off of a deflection from Jimmy Philbin's (Chicago, Ill.) re-directed shot from the stick of Ian Wood (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
With the score tied 2-2, things began to get a little chippy for both teams. A series of penalties gave both teams alternating power play opportunities, but neither team could convert and the game would head into overtime.
Overtime was not kind to either team as Stevenson could only muster one shot, while Morrisville could only get off two shots.
Morrisville's goal tender, Jared Young (Pueblo West, Colo.) denied 41 of the 43 shots he faced. Jacob Caffrey turned away 25 of 27 for Stevenson.
The Mustangs will waste no time getting into their conference schedule as they head out on the road next weekend for their opening State Universities of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) series. Morrisville will face off with Plattsburgh on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. Both games are set to begin at 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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.