Rye, N.Y (01/14/11); The Manhattanville Valiants Men's Hockey team continued it's scoring surge as they defeat the Potsdam Bears for the second straight night by a score of 8-0. Eight different Valiants tallied a goal as Manhattanville goes unbeaten on their five game home-stand. Brett Skalsi, Scott Hudson, Brendan Turner, and Paul Sirigano led the Valiants balanced attack with two points apiece. The game was physical and chippy as the two teams combined for 45 penalty minutes.
Manhattanville(7-4-3)struck first just 3:56 into the contest when Evan Michalchuk and Craig Simchuk set-up Skalski who recorded his fifth goal of the year to put Manhattanville up 1-0. It only took the Valiants 30-seconds to register their next goal as Turner netted his eight goal of the year assisted by Mark River and Luc Van Natter. Dillan O'Hara would add his first goal of the year at 8:57 to extend the Valiants' lead to 3-0.
In the second stanza, the chippy play began just over two minutes in when Aaron Hildreth of Potsdam received a five minute major penalty for boarding. Marcus von Sydow would make the Bears pay less than a minute later by taking a feed from Turner and Scott Hudson and blasted the puck into the net for his fourth goal of the year and fourth goal of the game for the Valiants. Ronnie Smith, Jason Bowles, and Derek Serdachny added goals of their own before the second period concluded.
Manhattanville net-minder Pierre-Olivier Lemieux had an active afternoon as he stopped all 26 shots he faced and even committed roughing penalty while earning a shutout. Dylan Ellis allowed seven-goals against before getting pulled at the end of two periods of play. Kevin McFarland gave up one goal out of fourteen shots he faced. The one goal he gave up was scored by Van Natter while the Valiants were on a power-play 12:48 into the final period.
The Bears, who fall to 6-8-2, received a ten minute bench penalty and a game misconduct at the end of the game. The Valiants Special Teams was the key as Manhattanville scored two power-play goals on five attempts while killing all four penalties they faced.
The Valiants head back on the road to Boston, Mass. on Tuesday for a 7:30 pm game against Curry College. When these two teams met on Tuesday January 10th at the Ice Casino, both teams skated to a 2-2 tie.