LIVINGSTON, NJ — Looking to build momentum after a three-game stretch that saw a season-opening 3-0 loss to West Essex, followed by a 1-1 tie against Oratory prep and a 6-1 victory over Verona, the Lancers got what they needed in a 4-1 victory over the Millburn Millers on Wednesday night.

Austin Vecchio provided the major offensive lift for Livingston in the victory, scoring his first goal with a second to go in the opening frame (assisted by Lenny Kanchick and Michael Mumm). Vecchio would add another goal with 10:26 remaining in the second period (assisted by Tyler Schultz).

His second goal proved to be the game winner, coming four minutes after Millburn tied it up on a shot that squeaked through the pads of the Lancer goalie and across the line.

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Livingston also got third period goals from Danny Grossbard (unassisted) and Andrew Qian (assisted by Ryan Zales and Schultz) to pad their lead out to the final result.

Following the game, Livingston head coach David Conklin said that even in the victory, there are still a few things he sees from his team that need to be cleaned up moving forward if the Lancers want to keep their winning ways.

"I think the effort’s there, I just think we need to play a bit smarter,” said Conklin. “We’re making some basic mistakes, and I think if we clean up the mistakes we make then we’re going to be a much better team.”

Conklin said that when his lancers do not play smart, they open the door, and allow opportunities for teams like Millburn to draw even, like they did in the second period.

“We have a lot of good kids here that play hard day in and day out,” he said. “The effort is usually there, it’s just being smart and playing the game the way it should be played. If we’re able to do that, then we’re going to end up taking control of a lot of games.”

Vecchio, a junior forward, also spoke about his two-goal performance, and credited the win to a smart and well-executed game plan.

“A lot of good play from both sides,” said Vecchio. “A lot of good movement from our team [and] their team. One thing that I think we did well tonight was moving the puck outside, getting those shots inside.”

“For the seniors that we’re playing with this year, they deserve our all. The shortened season that they have this year, we obviously want to make it up to them for everything that’s going on. We’ve got to give it our all for the time we’ve got.”

Livingston's next game will be held on Friday against Montclair at 4:15 p.m. The last time these two teams met, they deadlocked, 0-0, on Jan. 15, 2020.


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