Montville Squanders Lead but Regains Composure to Hold Off Northern Highlands

Montville Ice Hockey vs. Northern Highlands on Friday, Feb. 6. Credits: Justin Gianelli
Montville Ice Hockey vs. Northern Highlands on Friday, Feb. 6. Credits: Justin Gianelli

MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville rode the stick of Sophomore Emerson Emery en route to an 8-5 victory over the Northern Highlands Highlanders on Friday night, Feb. 6.

The game didn’t start the way the Mustangs had hoped when the Highlanders scored 16 seconds into the game on a goal from Dylan Koh. Montville was quick to respond as Emery scored the first of his three goals just two minutes later. Later in the period the Mustangs got their first power play opportunity and wasted no time as James Reynolds gave Montville a 2-1 lead.

Coach Meg Hishmeh talked after the game about how Reynolds is becoming a “force to be reckoned with.” With 1:07 left in the first period Montville was sent to the power play for the second time and they capitalized again as Emery netted his second goal of the night.

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The second period began with a quick goal as Montville took a 4-1 lead. Then three minutes later, while short-handed, Emery beat Highlanders Goaltender Kyle Alward for his third of the night and Montville was in control up 5-1. Then the Mustangs got sloppy and turned the puck over numerous times and within a seven minute span Jake Homen and David Dachille each scored twice for Northern Highlands and just like that the game was even at 5.

Coach Hishmeh wasn’t pleased and felt her team wasn’t skating. They were “flat” the entire period she said and it led to the meltdown.

However, the Mustangs regained composure as Senior Vincent Arlotta got in free on the goaltender off the opening face-off of the third period. Arlotta would score his second goal of the game midway through the third and gave the Mustangs a 7-5 lead. Arlotta finished on the night with 2 goals and 3 assists. The Mustangs would add one more goal to complete the 8-5 victory.

Emery said after the game he credits his teammates for his performance and that it was a great team win. He talked about how they worked hard and picked good shots where they knew the goaltender was vulnerable.

Coach Hishmeh said it was a relief that her team has now scored 19 goals in the past two games after an 11-2 win over Pequannock on Wednesday, Feb. 4. She was concerned about her teams offense after being shut out by Morristown-Beard and only scoring once against Ridgewood. She said it was “good to roll 4 lines” and get everyone involved while playing the way they did tonight.

With the win, Montville is now 10-7-1 on the season.

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