MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Chatham boys ice hockey team is unbeaten through its first two games this season, but it isn't exactly a situation the Cougars want to celebrate since they haven't won yet either.
Senior Ryan Mancino scored his first varsity goal on a power-play with 6:10 left in the third period, lifting Chatham to a 2-2 tie with Morristown on Thursday night at Mennen Sports Arena.
Chatham (0-0-2), which let the lead slip away in a 3-3 tie with Madison in the season opener, erased a 2-1 deficit to tie the game on Mancino's goal. The Cougars dominated the third period by outshooting the Colonials, 13-2, to finish on a high note.
"You never want to tie, but being down 2-1 entering the third I'm proud of the group for fighting back and making that push to get that extra one in," Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "We hit two crossbars in the third period. We had some unlucky bounces."
Chatham was 2 for 2 in power-play chances in the game, tying the score when senior Danny Mahoney hit a shot from the point that bounced off the body of Eric Ivers, who was parked in front of the goal. Mancino skated in to finish the play (see video below).
Morristown (0-0-1) forced the play in the second period, getting late goals from Stefan Brockman and Francis Zaklukiewicz to grab a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
Chatham seniors Will Ewald, Ryan Mancino, Quinn Kelly and Eric Ivers talk about tie
"It's two games in a row where we've had a lapse in the second period," Herr said. "You have to play three periods of hockey, not just one or two."
Chatham goalie Will Ewald, who finished with 14 saves, was under pressure at the end as Morristown was on a power play for the majority of the closing minutes.
Herr said the Cougars worked on improving their power play in practice leading up to the game and it paid off vs. the Colonials. Mahoney's shot that banged off the boards was collected by Quinn Kelly, who put his angled shot past the Morristown keeper in the video below.