The High Point Panthers marched into Durham, NC on Wednesday night and took down the number 2 ranked Duke Blue Devils by a score of 13-9. After a very tight first three quarter the Panthers pulled away early in the fourth and held their course to pull out their biggest win in program history.
High Point was led by redshirt senior attackman Chris Young who tallied 5 points (4G,1A). Ben Baker put up 3 goals while Asher Nolting had 5 points (3G,2A). Senior Tim Trouter stood on his head as he racked up 19 saves with a .679 save percentage.
Duke saw Brad Smith back on the field after sitting out over the weekend with a foot injury, but it was Joey Manown that led that offense. Manown had 5 points (4G,1A) while Jake Seau tallied 3 points (2G,1A) as well. Turner Uppgren made 10 saves in goal. Jt Giles-Harris and Cade Van Raphorst also helped carry the defense.
High Point got off to a very hot start with two goals coming from Chris Young and Ben Baker to go up 2-0 with 6:52 in the first. Joey Manown was able to finally get Duke o the board and make it 2-1 with 4:03 in the first. Ton end the first both defenses would hold their own, especially the goalies, and prevent the opposing offense to get any kind of energy.
Early in the second Joey Manown would score his second of the day to tie up at 2-2. High Point answered almost immediately with a Ricky Koehler bouncer on the inside to go back up 3-2. After multiple defensive stops Duke was able to finally find some energy as they got two straight goals coming from Joey Manown and Nakeie Montgomery. That Montgomery goal from the outside gave Duke their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Late in the second quarter High Point would catch fire as they chewed the Duke defense to end the half. The Panther got two goals from Dalton Sulver and Asher Nolting to give them a 5-4 lead heading into the half.
After a defensive heavy first half where both goalies seemed to be writing the script the offense would come alive in the second half, especially late in the third and in the fourth quarter.
It was a slow start for both offenses in the third as the defense on both sides were playing stellar. There were a ton of turnovers as well as stops and saves in transition that really made it fun to watch. Duke found their offense first as CJ Carpenter scored to tie it up at 5-5 with 3:43 in the third. Right off the faceoff High Point would answer with a Ben Baker goal to make it a 6-5 Panther lead. Jake Seau ended the third with a goal to make it a 6-6 tie heading into the fourth.
The fourth and final quarter of play was a ton of fun as both offenses got off to a fast start and the way it ended pretty much the same way. Reilly Walsh got the fourth started with a goal to give Duke a 7-6 lead, and their last lead of the game.
High Point went on a total tear on offense and defense as they outplayed Duke in every facet down the stretch. A six goal run would petty much seal the deal as High Point held a 12-7 lead with 9:03 in the fourth. During that run the Panthers just shredded the Duke defense inside and out.
Chris Young and Koby Russell had two goals while Asher Nolting and Ben Baker had one a piece during that huge run for the Panthers.
Duke was able to find some late energy with goals coming from Jake Seau and Joey Manown to make it a 12-9 game. However, Chris Young put the icing on the cake with an empty netter at the 2:12 mark to put this one in the bag and give High Point the win.
Duke will be in action on Saturday at Jacksonville and High Point will have their next game on February 16th at Drexel.