UNION, NJ - Gov. Livingston ice hockey fell short of an upset losing to Summit, 2-1, on Sunday evening at Union Sports Arena.
Historically, the state ranked Hilltoppers were a team that GL could not compete against -- a team that out shot GL to the magnitude of 66-5, 84-4, 45-6 and 42-8.
Sunday evening, Summit out shot GL, 38-15 in this 2-1 victory, however, GL's speed and determination caught the Hilltopers by surprise. GL was willing to give whatever they had to get the job done -- the defense was successful in keeping Summit outside -- making sure the goalie could see them -- limiting high percentage opportunities, said GL head coach Matt Anderson.
"Their defensemen were definitely surprised by how fast we were," said Anderson. "We had enough chances to score and enough chances to win the game. The goalie [Matt Altomare] helped us stay in it -- he did all he could do to give us a chance to win."
Anderson, in his second year as head coach, is cementing a new foundation for the Highlander hockey program, with the goal to build a program where winning isn't a surprise, but rather a baseline. He sees strength in his young players.
"I think this game shows how much heart we have as a team this year. How much a step up it has been from the past few years," said senior defenseman Ryan Findeisen. "Playing a game like tonight is an indication of how the rest of our season is going to go -- if we can play a team like Summit, we can play any team and stick with it."
Both Summit goals were scored by Owen McLaughlin, lighting the boards 5:16 into the first period and again scoring 1:08 into the third period. Justin Grange and Riley Flynn were credited with the assists on the first goal by McLaughlin. Flynn earned the assist on the second goal.