MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville ice hockey team played to a 5-5 tie on Monday against Parsippany Hills at Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown.

Montville's Nick Mangano led the way with two goals and two assists while Thomas Nees, Joe Nuzzi and Daniel Scheine each scored a goal.

Unlike the first meeting between these two teams back on December 18, this game was more evenly matched from start to finish. The game was tied at the end of each period and whenever one side scored a goal, the other team answered right back.

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“They’re a good team and they’ve gotten better as the year has progressed,” Montville head coach Alex Beatrice said. “Their goalie played great again for them and they have some good players who can create offense. They didn’t quit and just kept coming at us. We did our best and we luckily squeaked out a tie.”

The Mustangs started the season without losing any of its first 13 games, but went into Monday’s game after dropping two of its previous three contests. With the regular season slowly winding down, it’ll be more important for Montville to regain the swagger and high energy they had when they went on their early-season tear.

“It’s hard to keep up the pace that we started at,” Beatrice said. “Our guys have been working hard day in and day out and we’re really proud of the way they’ve responded. We finish the regular season against three very good teams, so it’s only going to get harder from here.”

However, Monday’s game was about more than just hockey. The team played in honor of former Montville hockey player T.J. Sefcik, who died by suicide at the age of 16. Special beanies were sold at the game and all the proceeds benefited multiple organizations that advocate for suicide awareness.

“I think it’s important to remember that hockey is only a game,” Beatrice said. “I’m glad we were able to play a game to raise awareness around this topic.”

The Mustangs are back in action on Wednesday as they face Sparta on the road before coming home for Senior Night on Saturday against Whippany Park at Mennen Sports Arena at 6:15 p.m.

 

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