January 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM
ELIZABETH, N.J. - The Governor Livingston High School hockey team's struggles continued on Wednesday night. The Highlanders lost to Arthur Johnson, 7-2, for their third straight defeat.
Johnson, who lost to Westfield on Tuesday night, moved to .500 on the year with the victory.
"It was a nice bounce back game for us," Crusader head coach Michael Nudo said. "We had a tough loss last night against Westfield. I think we responded well by coming out tonight, playing well from the start and finishing strong."
Governor Livingston gave up three goals in the opening period.
Johnson opened the scoring less than six minutes in, when Tanner Hasslebrink found the twine.
After several minutes of scoreless play, Joe Lomeli scored off a pass from Vin Fischetti to give Johnson a 2-0 lead.
The Highlanders responded with two minutes to play in the opening period when Burns scored unassisted, but Johnson answered back six seconds later when Mike Cieslak scored without an assist.
Cieslak's goal was the first of four unanswered goals the Crusaders had to take control of the game.
The forward said it was nice to see the team respond and play efficiently following Tuesday's loss.
"The intensity was really high," Cieslak said. "We cycled the puck really good and got a lot of shots on goal."
Leading 3-1 after the first period, Johnson scored twice in the first five minutes of the second period when Austin Pencinger and Ty Ringwood both found the back of the net.
Fischetti put a Johnson tally on the board with 1:48 to play in the second, giving the Crusaders a 6-1 lead going into the third period, where both teams scored a goal before the final buzzer.
Nudo is impressed with the poise his young team showed following Tuesday's loss.
"We are very young this year, we do have a lot of freshman and sophomores in the lineup, only two seniors," Nudo said. "Them being able to show the resilience of having a tough loss the night before, then coming right back the next night with a big win like this in a division game, getting back to .500 is important. It shows a lot of poise for a young team."
Governor Livingston will look to get back on track when they face Summit on Sunday.