MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team rode the hot hand of Nick DeVito (Averill Park, N.Y.) to a 5-3 non-conference victory at home over the Kangaroos of SUNY Canton on Saturday night.
The Kangaroos jumped out to the early lead, just like they did on Friday night, picking up a power play goal just over three minutes into the first period. SUNY Canton continued to control the action throughout the first period, outshooting the Mustangs 19-6.
Down by one headed into the second period, the Mustangs responded with a power play goal of their own just over six minutes into the second to even the score at 1-1. CJ Stubbs (Pleasant Grove, Vt.) took the initial shot, while Aiden Conolly (Rochester, N.Y.) and DeVito crashed the net. Conolly corralled the rebound and slipped a pass to DeVito to beat the SUNY Canton goal tender.
The Kangaroos responded quickly, as Joe Deveny broke free for an even-handed unassisted goal at 7:49 to put SUNY Canton up 2-1.
The lead would be short lived for the visitors, as DeVito, Conolly, and Stubbs hooked up again at the 10:13 mark on another Morrisville power play opportunity. Conolly worked the puck to Stubbs who once again ripped a shot towards the SUNY Canton goal. The shot was denied, but DeVito got enough of the rebound to find the back of the net to knot the game up at 2-2.
The Mustangs went up for good just over six minutes later as DeVito tallied the hat trick on a breakaway. Conolly and Stubbs tallied the assists.
Up 3-2, DeVito went back to work, picking up his fourth goal of the game just over five minutes into the third period.
Canton, who outshot the Mustangs throughout the game, took advantage of a Morrisville cross-checking penalty mid-way through the third period to bring the score to 4-3.
As the Kangaroos continued to pound the net with shots, Morrisville's goal tender, Jared Young (Pueblo West, Colo.) came up with save after save to keep preserve the one goal advantage.
As the game reached the final three minutes, the Kangaroos were whistled for a five-minute major. Morrisville, particularly DeVito took advantage, scoring his fifth goal of the game at the 18:19 mark to give the Mustangs a critical two-goal cushion and ultimately the 5-3 victory.
Young tallied 40 saves, earning the win in net for Morrisville.
The Mustangs will look to capitalize on this weekends' momentum as they return to conference play next weekend. Morrisville will host State Universities of New York Athletic Conference foe, Buffalo State on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9. Start times for both games are 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 & 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.