WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite plentiful power play opportunities, the Livingston ice hockey team was unable to cash in on Thursday in a 4-0 loss to Glen Rock in the championship game of the McInnis Cup at Codey Arena.
The Lancers (8-3-2) was afforded five power play opportunities in the contest, but Glen Rock (7-2-1) killed off all five penalties thanks in large part to the stellar work of its goalie, Mack Alvino, who turned away 40 Livingston shots.
Livingston killed off a penalty first in the early part of the opening period, with its goalie, Zach Turbin, making one save and Glen Rock misfiring on several other shots. Soon after, Livingston went to the power play, but the Lancers were unable to capitalize on the man advantage.
In the last 6:46 of the opening period, Glen Rock scored twice, once on the power play and later on an even-strength goal that deflected off a Livingston player and into the net for a 2-0 Glen Rock lead.
In the second period, Livingston went on another power play early in the frame, and Michael Mumm's point blank shot was stopped on a difficult save by Alvino with five seconds left in the power play. As soon as the teams went back to even strength, Glen Rock scored a goal to extend to a 3-0 lead. Later on in the second period, Glen Rock executed its fourth penalty kill of the game.
One of Livingston's best chances to avert the shutout came with about 10 minutes left in the third period, when junior forward Danny Grossbard's shot banged off the post. Four minutes later, Livingston went on its fifth power play of the game, this time pulling its goalie midway through the power play to gain a 6-on-4 advantage. But Glen Rock again thwarted the power play, then scored into an empty net for its final goal.
Zachary Turbin finished with 21 saves for Livingston, which outshot Glen Rock, 40-24.