Millersville Takes Two of Three

Three huge Great Northeast Collegiate Hockey Conference games loomed over the weekend for the Ville, and the Marauders gained five points in the standings with two wins over Seton Hall and Bucknell, as well as an overtime loss to Gettysburg.

In Friday’s game against Seton Hall, Dustin Jagiela earned his third start in a row for the Marauders. Both Jagiela and Pirates goaltender Zach Peras shut the door in the first period.

In the second, Millersville dominated the pressure. Seton Hall continued to ice the puck looking for a long pass to a streaking forward, but to no avail. A faceoff in the offensive zone after an icing was won by Seton Hall, but Austin Reaser raced to the puck behind the net, and placed a no-look backhand pass right on the tape to Zach Juliano, who was denied at first, but he collected his own rebound and roofed it to give Millersville a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, Millersville worked a 3-on-1 rush which Carpenter shot it right at Peras. The Marauders continued a furious forecheck with the first line. A Sean Nielsen shot bounded towards the net, and Bohon couldn’t control the rebound. Duffey controlled on a pass from Nick Mullarkey down low, and fed it to Carpenter at the top of the circle, who scored to make it 2-0.

The first line didn’t stop there. Their next shift paid off. Late in the third, Vendetti kept the puck in at the right point. Carpenter flung a shot low and Mullarkey pounded the rebound home to make it 3-0.

Seton Hall ended a bad second period with a goal to swing the momentum. Travis Duffey forced a pass through the middle of the defensive zone that landed right on the tape of Anthony Salerno. He fed Michael Fischetti for a quick shot that found the net to make it 3-1.

The third period began with disastrous play. Seton Hall struck with two quick goals, including a pretty powerplay marker by Carl Meixell who went coast to coast. Millersville was forced back on their heels, needing a break to turn the momentum around. They were outshooting the Pirates by 30.

On the penalty kill, Seton Hall had an easy breakout. The defense threw a prayer of a pass right up the middle. Carpenter read it perfectly, busted in alone and sniped top shelf to give Millersville the lead. Carpenter cemented the hat trick with a late power play goal to break away from the Pirates and pick up the victory.

In game two, the Gettysburg Bullets came to town. Millersville poured on the pressure against the undefeated team, breaking out to a 4-0 lead. Mullarkey and Carpenter picked up right where they left off in game one to make it 2-0 after the first, and Bohon and Nielsen added on.

Gettysburg stormed out with a late goal in the second period. Just like with Seton Hall, that goal was enough to turn things around. Gettysburg added two more goals in the middle of the third, and then with the goaltender pulled and 45 seconds to go, the Bullets tied it up at 4.

In OT, the Marauders just missed on an opportunity to end it, but Gettysburg rushed right back. A high shot caught goaltender Eric Hench off guard, and after a mad scramble, the Bullets scored to pick up the victory. A disappointing loss by the Marauders, to be sure.

Looking for revenge, Millersville traveled to Sunbury to take on the Bucknell Bison. Both teams traded goals to tie it at two. Then the Marauders broke away. Cyle Knopf, Nielsen twice more after one goal prior, Juliano, Reaser, Snyder, and Feehan rounded out the score as Millersville pounded Bucknell 9-3.

Millersville stands at 3-0-0-2 in GNCHC play, and are tied for second place in the Western Division with eight points alongside Bucknell with two games in hand. Gettysburg remains undefeated with 7 wins and 14 points. Two more GNCHC games remain on the horizon for the Ville as they travel to New Jersey to play Rutgers on Friday, and return home to play LaSalle on Saturday evening.