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Lang nets two late goals to lift Manhattanville past Morrisville State hockey

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Manhattanville center, Mickey Lang, used a power play score and an empty net goal late in the third period to help lift the Valiants over the visiting Morrisville State College Mustangs by a 5-3 final Saturday night in Purchase.

Manhattanville, ranked ninth in the USCHO.com Division III national poll, took the one goal lead at 16:20 in the first period, off a score by Chris Galiotti from Vinny Ciardullo.

Twenty-one seconds into the second period, Morrisville State’s Adam Maglio (Nelson, BC) connected with Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, ONT) on the power play, pulling even with the Valiants. Dave Shultz (Trucksville, PA) gave Morrisville the one goal advantage at 8:04 in the period, netting the score off the assist from Maglio.

At 13:48 Manhattanville’s Derek Lynden evened the contest for the Valiants on the power play assist from Lang.

In the third, Morrisville’s Geoff Matzel (Chittenango, NY) scored the Mustangs second power play goal at 4:25 for the short lived 3-2 lead, before Manhattanville responded with the third game-tying score of the night nearly a minute later by Niklas Berntsson.

Deadlocked at three, Manhattanville’s Lang gave the Valiants their second and final lead of the night netting a power play score at 14:54 and secured the win with an empty net goal with 57 seconds remaining in the game.

Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) recorded the loss in net for Morrisville State, turning away 41 of 45 Manhattanville's shots on goal, 14 in the final period.

Steve Parry saved eight for Manhattanville, earning the non-conference win.

Morrisville State returns to the ice Friday to open their home schedule with SUNYAC rival SUNY Geneseo. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Morrisville State IcePlex.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.