ELIZABETH, NJ - It took a few games longer than expected, but Millburn Hockey is officially in the win column.
The Millers came out strong and never trailed in a 7-2 win, that saw six different players light the lamp. Ryan Potechin and Fyodor Brylin scored in the first period. Matt Riskin, Ben Hayum and Vladislav Ragozin all scored in the second period. And in the final frame Isaac Lenner and Potechin both scored to salt the game away.
For Coach Chris Meyers, temporarily filling in as head coach, his team's performance and energy was key to picking up the win.
It was definitely our energy," Meyers said. "We talked about it before the game started. We've had a lot of energy on the ice, we wanted to see our bench get the energy going even all the way through into the locker room. And that was definitely the difference maker today.
"We had a couple more injuries again today, so next man up type of deal, and everyone stepped up. We got everybody on the ice today, and they all stepped up and had an impact on the win."
Meyers was also quick to note how important Ragozin's tally was to the victory, as it blunted a momentum surge by Scotch Plains that had brought them back to within 4-2 on the scoreline, and momentum swinging in their favor. After the fifth Miller goal, they would not score on Millburn again the rest of the way.
"That was huge," Meyers said. "Answering like that right away is a huge thing, because that was the turning point I think at that point in the game. So, that was a great job by our kids.
"They could have just laid down and it could have turned into a one-goal game within seconds, and they answered. We've done that a couple times this season. We've answered really quick on some of these goals from the other team, so we've just got to keep doing that, and we'll be good to go."
Millburn's next game is scheduled for his Friday at 6:45 p.m. against Oratory Prep. The game will take place at Codey Arena.