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Neumann tops Morrisville State hockey, 7-4

ASTON, PA – Host Neumann University Knights scored three unanswered second period goals en route to a 7-4 non-conference victory over visiting Morrisville State College Saturday afternoon in Aston, PA.

Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT) gave Morrisville State the early one goal lead just 1:50 into the contest, netting his third score of the season off an assist from Nick Kulas (Parma, MI). Within minutes, Neumann’s Jake Kratz evened the contest for the Knights, and seconds later Matt Ward gave Neumann the 2-1 lead just 5:44 into the period.

Sgarbossa sent the game into the second tied at two, notching his second score of the afternoon on a power play opportunity at 18:35.

In the second, Adam Hercules (Toronto, ONT) regained the one goal advantage for the Mustangs, netting the power play score just 45 seconds into the period before Neumann rallied for three straight scores, the first from Matthew Valois at 2:03.

Ward added his second score of the day on a power play seven minutes later, and William Lacasse followed with another Neumann power play score in the 15th minute, giving the Knights the 5-3 advantage heading into the final period.

Jordan Zalba extended the Neumann lead to three 2:40 into the third, and Kulas brought Morrisville State to within two, but Valois added a seventh score for the Knights to seal the win.

Morrisville State netminder, Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) saved 31 in the loss for the Mustangs who drop to 5-10-0 overall on the season.

The Mustangs return to the ice Sunday, January 24, facing Manhattanville at 2 p.m. in the IcePlex on the Morrisville State campus, a contest that features a son, Morrisville head coach Brian Grady, versus father, Valiants assistant coach Phil Grady, matchup.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.