PITTSBURGH, PA. — The Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey team picked up its third straight victory Saturday night, Nov. 18, with a 5-0 road win over United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) rival Chatham University.
Sophomore Mac Vail (East Elmhurst, N.Y./Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)) notched his first-career shutout with 20 saves for the Valiants (3-1-2, 3-1-2 UCHC), as he picked up his third-career win in his third straight start between the pipes. Offensively, senior Cory Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)) factored into three of Manhattanville’s five scores against the Cougars (1-4, 1-1 UCHC), finishing with two goals and one assist. He now has a team-high four goals in the early going.
The first goal of the game came just over 11 minutes into the first period as senior assistant captain Matt Lippa (Richmond Hill, Ont./Oakville Blades (OJHL)) scored unassisted to put the Valiants up 1-0. He now has three goals on the season and leads Manhattanville with eight points. Anderson’s first tally came just about three-and-a-half minutes later as rookie Jarod Lavallee (Cumberland, Maine/Seacoast Spartans (ECEL)) set the senior up for the score for the 2-0 Manhattanville advantage, which the road team maintained through the end of the first period. Lavallee would finish the night with two assists.
Senior Jeff Beck (Broomall, Pa./Philadelphia Junior Flyers (EHL)) was next to strike for the Valiants, scoring their third goal of the game just before the 7:00-mark of the second period. Sophomores Tristan Ramage (Pittsburgh, Pa./Philadelphia Flyers (USPHL)) and Braeden Cross (Sechelt, B.C./Cochrane Crunch (CJHL)) assisted on Beck’s third goal of the season and Manahttanville now led 3-0. Anderson’s second goal of the game came with 3:15 remaining until the second intermission. The senior put the Valiants up 4-0 with assists coming from Lavallee and junior Ryan Jackson (Montreal, Que./Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL)) and they would again hold strong and take the four-goal advantage into the lockerroom.
In the third period, senior Axel Walltott (Stockholm, Sweden/Varmdo HC J20 (SWE)) scored his first of the season with 3:15 left on the clock as Manhattanville was on the penalty kill. Anderson and senior Oscar Arfelt (Stockholm, Sweden/Connecticut Oilers (EHL)) assisted on Wallott’s goal, which was the first shorthanded score of the season for the Valiants.
A night after defeating Stevenson University on the road 3-2, with all but one of the game’s goals coming on the powerplay for each team, the Valiants scored four of their five goals at full strength, with Wallttott’s coming on the man disadvantage. Overall Saturday night, the two squads combined four just eight penalties, with each squad notching four apiece. Neither converted on their man advantage opportunities.
Manhattanville will now take a week’s rest before returning to action for its first non-conference game of the season. The Valiants will travel north to New London, Conn., for a Nov. 24 matchup with Connecticut College. Puck drop next Saturday between the Valiants and Camels is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.