WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Livingston ice hockey team is headed to the McInnis Cup championship game after a 3-2 semifinal victory over West Essex in the semifinals Monday night at Codey Arena.
Andrew Qian scored two goals for the Lancers (8-2-2), who never trailed after taking a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by junior Spencer Solomon.
Livingston clung to that 1-0 lead through a scoreless second period, but West Essex (5-4-2), which opened the third period in a power play that had carried over from the second, came out and quickly tied the game, 1-1, when sophomore Clayton Prial scored with the man advantage on a rebound of a shot from the right side by senior Alex Laglia just 33 seconds into the period.
But, just as quickly, Livingston regained the lead, 2-1, when Qian scored when he one-timed a wrister from the point on a deep shot from the right side with 14:04 left in the third period.
Qian, a defenseman, scored his fifth goal of the season when he shot into an empty net with less than a minute to go in the game. West Essex wasn't done though, as Laglia scored with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit back to one.
Livingston moves on to play either Westfield or Glen Rock in the McInnis Cup championship game Thursday at 4 p.m. at Codey Arena. CLICK HERE to read more about Livingston's road to the finals.
Monday's match can be viewed in the video below, which was streamed live by Varsity Vantage.
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