WEST ORANGE, N.J. - In one of the most anticipated games of the year, the Livingston Lancers defeated the Millburn Millers, 7-2.
While the Lancers try to approach every game the same way, junior defenseman Cole Friedfertig admitted that this game against the Millers gave them even more energy on the ice.
"This game was marked on everyone's calender," Friedfertig said.
To begin the game, senior forward Justin Tauber drew first blood, scoring off a beautiful pass from Adam Lanel. Tauber has now seen increased minutes and is most deinftely making the most of it, scoring three goals in their last two games.
With 19 seconds remaining in the opening period, Tal Finberg got ahead of Millburn's defenseman, and scored a goal on his breakaway, fooling goalie Corey Nadell for the second goal of the game.
Then, early in the second period, Lanel scored the third goal for the Lancers, assisted by Finberg, one of his three assists on the day. Seth Crockett then added a goal on a power play goal, which was set up by Johnny Garfinkel, who found Crockett on a brilliant pass close to the net.
However, Millburn wouldn't give up, as Jacob Goldstein got the rebound off of a James Nitti shot, and scored the first goal for Millburn.
In the end, Livingston was too much to handle. As the final period approached, the Lancers pulled away as Finberg found the net two more times, giving him his second hat-trick in the last four games. Jonny Garfinkel added a goal of his own in the period. Millburn also found the back of the net once more during the third period, but it wasn't enough, giving the Lancers a 7-2 win.
The Lancers have played three games in the last four days, and all three of these games have been blowouts. The Lancers beat West Orange 10-0 on Friday and Jefferson Township 7-2 on Saturday.
"I thought we came out flyin'," junior forward Finberg said of the team's performance. "We found a lot of adversity from last game. We really wanted to take it to them."
The Lancers put 54 shots on goal to Millburn's 30.
While the offense has been stellar lately, that doesn't take away from how well the defense has played in front of goalie Brian Lilien.
"All four of us have been playing together for three years now," Friedfertig explained.
The defense has done a terrific job, helping out goalies Brian Lilien and Brendan Flaherty. They've been able to keep most shots to the outside, giving tough angles for any forward to shoot from. Not only that, the defense has been very well aware on the ice, and are very quick to the puck.
By doing that today, the Lancers were able to get revenge on their biggest rival in the Millburn Millers.
"Every single one of us wanted this," Lilien exclaimed.
The Lancers will put their 8-2-2 record on the line when they face Old Bridge on the road Wednesday at 4 p.m.