The Duke Blue Devils were able to take down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in overtime to punch their ticket to championship weekend. Besides a strong start from Duke, it was a back-and-forth battle all game long. Both sides kept taking shots at each other all game long, and Duke sealed the deal with the knockout punch in overtime.
Duke was led by Joey Manown and Sean Lowrie who each had tallied 2 goals in the win. Nakeie Montgomery also had 4 points (1G,3A) for the Blue Devils. In cage Turner Uppgren made 8 saves to help anchor that Blue Devils defense.
Notre Dame was led by Ryder Garnsey who had a hat-trick for the Irish. Brain Willetts also had 2 goals in the game. Matt Schmidt made 8 saves in cage to help lead the Irish defense.
Duke came out with Joey Manown getting the scoring started early for the Blue Devils. Manown’s goal was the first of a four-goal run that opened the game for Duke. The Blue Devils were simply getting it done on both ends of the field.
The Irish finally got a goal near the end of the first as Brian Willetts put one it right on the doorstep. The Irish had an opportunity to make it a two-goal game on the very next possession but Turner Uppgren shut the door.
Notre Dame started to put it all together in the second quarter as they pushed their run out to four-goals, tying it all up 4-4 early in the quarter. Ryder Garnsey was a huge part of that run, giving the Irish a ton of momentum with a diving goal to start the second quarter.
Duke was able to get regrouped and get their juices flowing again with Nakeie Montgomery stepping up big time in the first half. The Blue Devils were able to get ahead 7-5 heading into halftime.
Coming into the second half trailing 7-5, the Irish were able to tie things up at 7 after two early goals from Brendan Gleason and Ryder Garnsey. The Irish offense was able to keep that aggressive Duke defense on their heels, getting inside looks at will.
After killing a penalty the Blue Devils answered with a three-goal run that saw Kevin Quigley, Joey Manown, and CJ Carpenter all find he back of the net, putting Duke up 9-7 late in the third.
Just moments later the Irish got going again after a big stop from Arden Cohen that led to a John Hallenbeck goal in transition, cutting the Duke lead to 10-8. The Blue Devils answered right back with CJ Carpenter turning the corner to greatness and zipping one right past Matt Schmidt.
Down 11-8 entering the fourth, Notre Dame started the quarter hot with a four-goal run to take the 12-11 lead with 7:00 in the game. Duke answered with a two-goal run as Jake Seau and Joe Robertson each scored to take back the lead for the Blue Devils.
With 1:10 left in the fourth Brian Willetts found the back of the net for Notre to tie things up at 13 and send it to overtime.
Joe Robertson scored the game winner for Duke as he turned the corner to greatness, stinging the back of the cage to seal 14-13 overtime win for the Blue Devils.