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Rider University Ice Hockey – Along the Boards 2015-2016, Week 3

By: Matt Metzger

Returning home to the Loucks Ice Center provided the spark the Rider Broncs (2-3-0-1,5pts) needed as they picked up three out of a possible for points in contests against Rowan and Wagner. The Broncs are back on the road this weekend with two games against Mid-Atlantic College Hockey (MACH) opponent Army.

Rider Fall to Rowan in 12 Round Shootout

The Broncs were able to pressure the Profs for long stretches on Friday night as they peppered the Rowan net with 52 shots on goal. Connor Fox (Senior, Belle Mead, NJ) and John Martino (Sophomore, Marlton, NJ) each tallied goals for the Broncs but it was Chris Johnson (Sophomore, Freeport, NY) that led the Broncs on offense with one goal and two assists. A late third period Rowan goal sent the MACH contest into overtime and after that was not enough, the Broncs were headed to their first shootout of the season. Johnson scored in the shootout but goals by Alekos Polis and Corey Gehringer downed the Broncs 4-3. Ending their three game skid, picking up a point and throwing 52 shots on goal were all positives when heading into Saturday night.

“It’s been a struggle to score the past few weeks,” said Head Coach Sean Levin. “Our focus has been to get as many pucks to the net as possible, even if it’s a low percentage shot. It’s vital that we continue this trend but begin getting traffic in front of the goalie every chance. If we can combine the large number of shots with net front presence I think we’ll see an increase in goals.”

Broncs Respond and Top Wagner 5-3

The win did not come easy as the Broncs found themselves trailing 2-0 just seven minutes into the first period and down 3-1 with over 16 minutes to play in the second period. In the first period Patrick Grilli (Senior, Holland, PA) scored his first of the season and thanks to second period markers by Chris Johnson and Chris Daley (Senior, Hopewell, NJ), Rider went into the final frame tied at 3. In the third period Cole Moskal (Freshman, Jackson, NJ) and Johnson each scored lifting the Broncs to the 5-3 victory. The win gave CJ Lineman’s (Freshman, Warminster, PA) his second victory of the season. Picking up three out of four points in the MACH is a big step for this young club, Levin comments on what needs to be done to keep the momentum moving forward,

“Playing the system and staying out of the box,” said Levin. “I sound like a broken record but this the key to our success. When we run around and play selfish hockey we give up scorning chances and play on the penalty kill most of the game.”

Loose Pucks

Chris Johnson continues to push the Broncs offensively adding three goals and two assists to his 2015-2016 stat log. He currently leads the Broncs with five goals and seven points (5g,2a).

Sean Hart (Freshman, Flushing, NY) played the pivotal role of helper this weekend picking up 2 assists in the comeback effort against Wager.

Broncs by the Numbers

Goals: Chris Johnson – 5

Assists: Sean Hart – 4

Points: Chris Johnson – 7

PIM’s: Max Daley – 26

Wins: CJ Lineman – 3

GAA: CJ Lineman – 3.65

Save %: CJ Lineman – .875

The Week Ahead

Game 7: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (A)

Game 8: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (A)

Back on the road this weekend, Rider renews its rivalry with MACH opponent, Army (2-5-0-0,4pts). Last season the Broncs and Army split their two game series as the Broncs w game two 7-6 but fell in game one, 5-1. Chris Daley led the Rider charge scoring three of the four Rider goals in a thrilling game that Rider won in the final minute. Army skates into this weekend on a three game losing streak falling to Rowan, Penn State (Berks) and Wagner over that stretch.

Army presents a difficult challenge for the Broncs, Levin comments on what needs to be done to secure four points this weekend.

“Playing ‘Rider’ hockey will help us earn four points this weekend,” said Levin. “Staying disciplined in our system and winning shifts is vital to our team success. Army is a big, physical team that looks to capitalized off opponents mistakes. They’ll have a few drop down NCAA players who have tremendous talent. It’s vital we’re accountable for these players when they’re on the ice. Their goalie is quick and every shot he sees he’s going to make the safe. Traffic in front will be needed to create second and third scorning chances.”