WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Livingston ice hockey team is looking to build on some positives following a 2-2 tie against Oratory Prep on Friday evening.
“We’re not happy with a tie, but when you’re down so late in the game, it’s good to come away with something other than a loss,” said head coach Dave Conklin.
The Lancers found themselves down by one in the third period, as a potential fifth loss in their last six games seemed imminent. The urgency suddenly kicked in, and freshman Brett Conklin found a loose puck to drive home the game-tying goal with 37 seconds left in the contest.
“[Brett Conklin] getting his first varsity goal was nice, especially with 37 seconds left to tie it is pretty special,” said Dave Conklin.
The tie is a positive for the Lancers to avoid the loss it is quite bittersweet in many ways. After producing over 45 shots for the contest just two goals seemed much of a disappointment.
“A tie game isn’t what we were expecting today; but we were down late, and we got the goal,” said Conklin.
Goals haven’t come easy for the Lancers this season, scoring more than two goals in only two games that has resulted in a 3-5-1 overall record.
“We are outshooting teams, but we just can’t put the puck in the net,” said Conklin. “It’s frustrating.”
One player who is coming on strong and scoring for Livingston is junior forward Michael Mumm, who collected his third goal of the season on Friday and has now collected three points in his last three games for the squad.
“[Mumm]’s a very skilled player,” his coach said. “I would like him to shoot the puck a lot more; [but] he has had some good looks, and he has a good shot, so he doesn’t have to wait until the last second to shoot. He can score from anywhere out there, and he’s been playing real well.”
The Lancers have gone 1-1-1 in their last three games entering the bulk run of their season with about 12 games over then next two calendar weeks.
“I think we’ve got to just keep working,” said Conklin. “We’ve got to keep playing well [and] staying hydrated…We’ve just got to keep plugging away, and hopefully we can get a couple of wins.”
Livingston will take on Glen Rock on Sunday at the Richard J. Codey Area in West Orange.