MONTCLAIR, NJ - Co-captain junior forward Carson Wahlers captured his 100th career point while helping the Gov. Livingston hockey team to a 4-4 tie with Montclair Kimberly Academy Wednesday night. Wahlers' 100th point also marked his 50th goal.
Wahlers scored a big goal on that [third period] power play off a set play and nice feed from Max Mele to make it 4-3, and give us the momentum, said Gov. Livingston head coach Matt Anderson. "Carson had taken maybe 6 to 7 really great shots already in the first two periods but just couldn't find the net. This was a great shot from the point and a really big goal at the time to give him his 100th point and to get the team going ahead."
In addition to Wahlers' goal and assist for the night, Max Mele, Ryan Erickson and Billy Alexander each notched a goal and Ryan Monroy, Drew Skotarczak, Jacob Miller, and Zach Miller recorded assists. Goalie Nick Papa made 24 saves.
GL had a slow start, trailing 4-2 going into the third period. Missing two key defensemen, junior Cole Wahlers and senior Brian Gray, the team needed to adjust to their new line mates. We came out strong in the third period playing a more physical game and earned a power play, said Anderson. "We moved the puck much better in the third period as the players started to adjust to their new positions and lines."
After Wahlers scored the big goal, he also set up his teammates -- feeding a nice pass to Mele, who came in late on a rush and one-timed a beautiful shot for the tying goal.
"You have to lead by example, and since not every player on the team is going to be a 100 point scorer in their high school career, it's important that players like Carson show their teammates how to do all the other little things well in a hockey game," said Anderson. "His is a very well rounded player and while scoring lots of points is a great and a special accomplishment, he is beginning to understand the importance of leading the team in other ways."
Wahlers left it all on the ice during a late penalty kill at the end of the game, sacrificing his body twice to make two very well timed shot blocks to preserve the tie. "The execution of the penalty killers and shot blocking was the best I've seen all season and a really positive takeaway as we have some very tough opponents coming up in our schedule," said Anderson.
Up next, Gov. Livingston will host the strong Madison team on Friday night with a 9:10 p.m. puck drop at Union Sports Arena on a night to celebrate their seniors.