Millersville Defeats Hawks

The Millersville Marauders commanded several goal leads throughout the game, but fended off a late push by the St. Joseph’s Hawks to win 6-5.

The Black and Gold committed an early penalty, and the Hawks took advantage. Frank Carto let fly from the blue line, it deflected off of a few sticks and the puck found its way into the net for the 1-0 lead.

The parade to the penalty box continued. Deep in the Millersville zone on the second penalty kill, Chris Collins chipped the puck up the wall to Zach Juliano, who made a brilliant pass to an open area. Freshman Austin Reaser skated full speed to catch up to the puck and fired a snap shot that found the net to tie it at 1.

Nick Mullarkey committed two consecutive penalties, but after popping out of the box for the second time, the first forward line went to work deep in the zone. Carpenter flung a shot to the net, Mullarkey quickly made a decision to wrap it around the other side. The shot bounded off Hawks goaltender Kyle van Osten and popped right to Read Bohon with a wide open net. That goal gave the Marauders the lead.

Late in the period, an innocent dump-in to the zone landed in front of van Osten, who poked it away. Unfortunately for him, the puck landed right on Andrew Quintois’ tape. He made no mistake, and he gave Millersville the 3-1 lead after the first period.

The second period caused some problems for the Marauders. They continued to consistently find themselves in penalty troubles. A breakdown in communication while on a penalty kill saw Patrick Oates slip by everyone and shoot top shelf to cut the lead to one. Minutes later, an innocent shot through traffic found the net to tie it up at three-all.

The calls started to slide in the Marauders’ favor. The power play could not find too much traction early in the man advantage, but after the Hawks took a second penalty to go up two men, Read Bohon played catch with Travis Duffey and fired a shot towards the net. Bobby Snyder applied a deft tip to slide it through van Osten to give Millersville the lead.

A few shifts later, Mackenzie Sapia threw the puck to an area, Jake Bongiovanni tipped the puck to Cyle Knopf in stride. He juked his defender one-on-one and ordered top shelf to give Millersville a two-goal lead. That lead would stand for the rest of the period.

Halfway through the third, the fourth line made an impact again. Deep in the Hawks’ defensive end, Bobby Snyder finished a check that popped the puck free. Alex Zazwirsky poked the puck back to the point, and Joe Vendetti one-timed a puck that had eyes through traffic to score his first goal of the year. It was his first goal since two seasons ago.

The Hawks made it interesting. They cut the lead to one with two late goals, but the Marauders held on tight to keep the lead for the victory.