Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lakeland Finds 13 Might Be Lucky

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lakeland Finds 13 Might Be Lucky

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When you're on the kind of roll that Lakeland is, it's hard to imagine that there is anything that could be considered a problem. The Lancers have found one - large crowds at the games.

Coming into Friday night's game with rival West Milford at Wayne's Ice Vault, coach Larry Mahurter wondered how his team would react playing in front of a packed house. For the first half of the game, the answer wasn't a positive one.

Giveaway passes, guys trying to do too much, whatever the reason, Lakeland could not shake the Highlanders as the teams remained scoreless.

Nick Arlotta finally found the net, and once he did, the Lancers righted the ship and sailed to a 6-0 win that increased their unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1) and moved them to 13-31 on the season.

"We have yet to play well in front of a big crowd, and we certainly didn't again [this time]," Mahurter said. "I felt confident that we would eventually wear them down, but we've got to do a much better job in this kind of atmosphere."

West Milford (2-13) has only 10 skaters and -- with a short bench -- fatigue becomes a big factor.

"We came out terrible," Arlotta said. "We just had to get back to playing our kind of game. We needed to forecheck and play defense and throw the puck on the net."

Arlotta did that in the second period, starting the Lancer scoring with the first two goals. The former came at 7:20 of the second period, and he recalled, "we dumped the puck in and Brett [Zucnick] got to it and found me in the high slot. He passed it to me and I [one-timed] it.

Lakeland went on the power play a minute later and Arlotta cashed it in, again from in front. The Lancers cycled the puck around and Arlotta put in on goal.

"You throw it on net; you never know," he said of the tally at the 9:02 mark of the second period.

From there his teammates took over. Freshman Cameron Bradley and Corey Calandrillo added second-period goals and Nick Brown and Bobby Kronyak scored in the third period. …

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