Muhlenberg Splits Weekend, Suffers First GNCHC Loss

Alan BassSenior Writer IJanuary 26, 2009

Friday night, Muhlenberg College faced off against CW Post, the second place team inthe Great Northeastern Hockey Collegiate Conference.  After defeating top team Scranton 2-0 the week before, 'Berg was excited about their chances.

The game turned out to be tougher than the one against the Royals, although Muhlenberg came on top 4-3 in overtime.  CW Post lead twice during the game, but the Mules' second line, which has had trouble performing recently, came up big, and Dave Mazzola scored his first goal of the season.  Captain Robbie Janowitz also scored to put 'Berg up 2-1 in the first.

CW Post scored two straight goals to lead 3-2, but Cody McKinney tied the game at the end of the second, and it remained tied until overtime.

In overtime, CW Post was given a penalty, and Will Behrns shot the puck from the point, and it was deflected in by freshman Cody McKinney for the game winner.  The bench emptied and piled onto the two players as the fans went crazy.

After an celebration by Behrns that was highly unorthodox yet hilariously entertaining, the teams shook hands, and travelled up to Long Island for a rematch, part two of the home and home series.

'Berg came out playing flat, and CW Post seemed to want it more, as they came out on top 6-3, handing the Mules their first conference loss of the season.

Each team had a shorthanded marker, as Geoff Kelleman, Will Behrns, and freshman Alex Lieberman scored for the Mules.  CW Post goalie Will Neifeld played unbelievably well in both games, as he kept CW Post in the first game.

Muhlenberg goalie David Emerson played well in both games, yet his defense gave him no help in game number two.

The Mules are 6-1, third place in the GNCHC.  CW Post is 7-1-0-1, second place.  Both trail Scranton, who is 8-2.  Muhlenberg has a busy weekend next week, as they play Rutgers at home, then La Salle and Kutztown, both away.  All three are conference games.