ANN ARBOR, Mich. Juniors Brendan Turner and Brett Skalski scored 12 seconds apart on an extended power play late in the third period to lead the Manhattanville men's hockey team in a 2-1 victory over the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team Saturday in an exhibition game at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.
Our discipline and disposition were perfect, first-year Valiants head coach Eric Lang said. We never got too low when it wasn't going well or too high when we took the lead. We plotted the course and the guys played like warriors.
The Valiants are in the process of preparing for the regular season, which begins Friday night ECAC West Conference clash with Hobart beginning at 7 p.m. at Playland Ice Casino. The live GoValiants.TV broadcast will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The Valiants withstood an early offensive attack from the elite U-18 Team, which features an entire roster of Division-I prospects and multiple NHL first-round draft picks, and capitalizing on two late chances to pull out the victory.
Down by a goal late in the third period, Manhattanville got its chance with two opposing players in the penalty box. After initially having trouble getting the puck into the offensive zone with the five-on-three advantage, the Valiants finally gained possession. Sophomore Luc Van fed Turner in the slot for a one-timer that tied the score with 3:32 left. The second assist on the goal went to sophomore Adam Young.
The eventual game-winning goal came from Skalski, who took a feed from classmate Scott at the near post and stuffed it past U.S. goaltender Collin Olson for the score. Senior Dillon O'Hara also assisted on the game-winner.
Senior goaltender Pierre-Olivier Lemieux played a huge role in the victory by turning aside 39 of the 40 shots he faced. Olson made 21 saves on 23 shots in a losing effort, as the U.S. squad outshot the Valiants 40-23.
P.O. was absolutely brilliant tonight for our team, Lang said. We have some tightening up to do for sure, but it was a wonderful team effort.
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