WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Livingston ice hockey team is back on the winning path following a dominant 4-0 victory over West Morris Central on Monday evening at Codey Arena.
“It’s always nice to get a win,” said Livingston head coach Dave Conklin. “I really think we’ve been playing well this year—unfortunately we haven’t had many wins to show for it.”
The Lancers pelted the Wolfpack with shots throughout the contest to the tune of 46-5 for the game. Livingston eventually connected on the game’s decisive goal off the stick of Jacob Fuhrman with three minutes left in the first period.
“[Fuhrman] came around the net and had a great shot,” said Conklin. “He went upper glove side and he was able to finish.”
Livingston continued the dominance in the second period, scoring the bulk of the goals with three additional scoring plays. Max Solomon scored the first of the three for the frame, finishing the contest with two points to give him six points in the last three games.
“I have been getting back in the groove,” said Solomon. “I kind of hit the snide a bit, but I’m finally getting back to doing what I do best and that’s helping the team.”
Solomon’s initial goal was assisted by Dylan Foley, who had a solid game of his own. Foley tallied two assists on the night to help close out the game for Livingston.
“[Foley] has been strong all year long,” said Conklin. “When he moves the puck the team really flows in behind him.”
The Lancers ended the period on a high note, as freshman Andrew Qian connected on the first goal of his varsity career with 47 seconds left in the frame.
“Shots were good, their goalie was really good and it’s nice to make sure we got a lot of good offensive time,” said Conklin.
The Lancers’ victory improves the squad to 4-9-2 on the season, as they’ve now won two of their last three games. Despite a sub .500 record, the Lancers feel they are heading in the right direction and steadily improving.
“We’ve just got to keep our mindset where it’s at, which is grinding as hard as we can and not playing down to our opponents level,” said Solomon. “As long as we stick to our game and not worry about who we’re playing against, we should be good.”