Over the weekend, the Millersville ice hockey team faced both the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders, and the Bucknell Bison, defeating both teams by a combined six goals.
In their first match against the Highlanders, Josh Feehan managed to put the Marauders on the scoreboard first after receiving a pass from Millersville newcomer Brian Monteith. However, NJIT regained momentum quickly, scoring three goals that caught the team off guard.
After a delay due to a Highlanders injury, Millersville’s misfortunes began to fade, as both Tim DiRugeris and Nick Mullarkey scored within minutes of each other to tie the game at three.
With newfound confidence, the Marauders refused to slow down. Read Bohon, Travis Duffey, and Sean Nielsen all scored themselves, giving Millersville a three-goal lead and, inevitably, a victory.
Coming off the strong win, the Marauders aimed their sights at Bucknell. Early in the game, Cyle Knopf scored to rattle the Bison’s fortitude. In a quick turn of events, much like their game against the Highlanders, Bucknell scored to tie it at one.
Soon after, Jake Bongiovanni suffered a major collision with an opposing player, forcing him to leave the game. The illegal hit gave Millersville a much needed power play that they took advantage of. Nielsen received a pass from Monteith, putting him in perfect position to score. Wasting no time, Nielsen fired a slap-shot on goal and sent it flying past the Bison goalie. After regaining the lead, Austin Reaser scored on a wraparound shot to extend it to two goals.
At the start of the second period, Bucknell came out of the locker room looking like an entirely different team. After scoring to tie decrease the Marauder’s lead to one, the Bison showed no signs of stopping. However, a strong offensive push by Millersville forced them to play defense for almost the entire rest of the game.
Tim DiRugeris scored his second goal of the two games, putting the lead back to two. Mullarkey, not wanting to be outplayed, scored immediately after that to seal the Marauder victory.
After dominating both teams, Millersville has confirmed a spot in the GNCHC playoffs. They will take place in Somerset, New Jersey three weeks from now.
The Marauders look forward to showing their talents on a bigger stage, and possibly securing a position in the championship game.