Whipsnakes LC are now sitting atop the PLL standings after taking down Archers LC in overtime, Whipsnakes third straight overtime win of the season. Whipsnakes came out hot, but Archers eventually battled back to help take this one to overtime.
Yet again, Ryan Drenner found the ball in his stick during overtime, scoring another game-winner for Whipsnakes.
Archers LC was led by Tom Schreiber who tallied 7 points (3G,4A). Marcus Holman also had 3 points (2G,2A) while Ben McIntosh scored two goals. In cage Adam Ghitleman made 12 saves and Stephen Kelly went 7-14 at the faceoff dot.
Ryan Drenner had 3 goals including a 2-pointer to lead Whipsnakes. Connor Kelly also had 3 points (2G,1A) while Mike Chanecuk had 2 goals. Kyle Bernlohr made 20 saves while Joe Nardella went 15-6 at the faceoff dot.
Right out of the gate Whipsnakes got rolling on both ends of the field. Mike Chanecuk got things going very early on, scoring a one and two-pointer within 20 seconds of each other to put Whipsnakes 3-0 early on.
Some very sloppy played ensued on both ends of the field for the majority of the first quarter. Whipsnakes got going again late in the second with Connor Kelly putting them up 4-0 heading into the second quarter.
While their defense stepped up multiple times in the first, the Archers offense didn’t get going until early in the second. Ben McIntosh got Archers on the board with a transition goal just a minute into the second.
Following a Whipsnakes goal to push their lead back out to 5-1 Archers really woke up, going on a six-goal run that included a buzzer-beater from Tom Schreiber at the end of the half. Archers really pushed the issue in transition to help jumpstart their offense, eventually taking the 7-5 lead heading into the half.
Goalies Kyle Bernlohr and Adam Ghitleman played out of their minds in the second half, and it all started in the third. Both defenses really stepped up, only allowing one goal each.
Jules Henningburg tallied the first goal of the second half, tapping it in right on the crease to cut the Archers lead to 7-6 four minutes in the third. Less than a minute later Tom Schreiber fed Ian MacKay on the wing for the goal, pushing Archers lead back out to 8-6.
After some more back-and-forth defensive play Kevin Rice got the scoring going midway through the fourth, putting Archers up 9-6. A Connor Kelly goal just a few minutes later finally got the Whipsnakes offense going once again. Kelly’s goal was the start of a two-goal run that included a two-pointer from Ryan Drenner, tying things up at 9 with 3:54 in the fourth.
Marcus Holman answered on the very next possession to put Archers back up 10-9 late in the fourth. With just 40 seconds left in the fourth Ryan Drenner scored another clutch goal, tying things up at 10 and forcing overtime. Archers had a chance to win it in regulation but Kyle Bernlohr stepped up huge, saving the game for Whipsnakes.
After some back-and-forth play through the majority of the overtime period Ryan Drenner found the back of the cage for the win. Whipsnakes walked away with the 11-10 overtime victory, moving to 3-0 on this very young season.