WEST ORANGE, NJ — The latest chapter in an athletic rivalry that stretches across multiple years and sports seasons ended in a draw on Wednesday, as Millburn and Livingston played to a 3-3 tie, with each team scoring one goal per period.
Millburn's goals came from Lucas Skolnick (0:14 left in period one, assisted by Fyodor Brylin and Ryan Potechin), Ben Hayum (4:47 left in period two, assisted by Vladislav Ragozin) and Duncan Stewart (5:32 left in period three, unassisted).
Livingston got two goals from Michael Mumm (1:27 left in period one, assisted by Dylan Flaherty and Cade Pendergast) (3:11 left in period three, assisted by Dylan Foley) and one from Dylan Flaherty (9:27 left in period two, assisted by Michael Mumm).
Neither team could get more than a goal ahead of the other, and when one team scored, the other responded within a short time to draw even.
Speaking after the game, Millburn Head Coach Brandon Doria said that while the tie gave his squad the point, surrendering a late equalizer robbed them of a chance to get the second one.
"Realistically the biggest thing [in the game] is giving up a short-handed goal with three minutes left," Doria said. "When you're up one and get a power play in the last few minutes of the game, you should be looking to score, not give it up."
"We played a very good team, Livingston is very good," Doria added. "They work hard, they've got some very skilled guys. On one end, we're very happy to get out with a point. On the other end, we had an opportunity to steal two from a very good team, and we kind of let that one get away."
Doria also noted some positives he saw from his team, but said that the pattern of one or two major issues cropping up is still something that is yet to be resolved. He also said that the team needs to up its shot total, as the Millers only registered 20 tonight.
"From a work ethic perspective, I think we worked very hard," Doria said. We were in the right position. We did a lot of the things that I asked the boys to do, but we still have those one or two big breakdowns and it costs us. Tonight it was a power play, so that hurts a little bit."
Doria also praised goalie Eli Nadell, who stopped 26 of 29 Livingston shots in the tie.
Millburn returns to the ice on Jan. 10 against Governor Livingston. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. at Union Sports Arena.