MILLBURN, NJ — Just three days after their first game of the season against Livingston, Millburn Ice Hockey was back in action for a Saturday matinée tilt against the Nutley Raiders. This contest showcased the Millburn offense, as they downed Nutley/Columbia by a 4-1 final.
The Millers came out looking for goals, and they found their first one off the stick of Vladislav Ragozin, who picked up the puck and wired it home for the early 1-0 lead (assisted by Jonah Dutch) with 10:45 left in the first period.
Millburn would keep jamming away, and had several key chances throughout the rest of the opening frame, but Nutley goaltender Oliver Tauscher kept it close, despite the constant offensive pressure out of the blue and white's skaters. In the second period, Millburn struck on the penalty kill, when Duncan Stewart put home a short-handed goal to give the Millers a 2-0 lead.
His marker would turn out to be the game winning goal, and although Nutley would score on that same power play to claw back to 2-1, Fyodor Brylin would add a pair of insurance goals; one in the second (assisted by Isaac Lenner) and one in the third (assisted by Griffin Talbert and Ragozin) to make up the final tally.
For Millburn Head Coach Brandon Doria, navigating the ups and downs of a season unlike any other is something he has tried to stress to his players, and he feels that the team is getting the idea that they can not get too high or too low.
“There's no real breaks,” Doria said. “Because it's a short, condensed season, you've got to get over those losses quick. Same thing is you can't celebrate wins too quick. We're right back at it tomorrow, but to get the first win was good.”
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