Friday Night Recap: Rutgers, Maryland Win OT Big Ten Battles

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With 7:53 remaining in regulation, Rutgers’ Justin Kim was called for an illegal body check as he hit Michigan pole Kees Van Wees high. The one-minute, non-releasable penalty helped lead to a pair of man-up goals from the Wolverines as both Kevin Pimental and Peter Thompson put in scores off Ryan Cohen feeds within 20 seconds of each other.

The pair of quick Wolverine scores pulled Michigan within one, 12-11, with 7:28 remaining in regulation. Minutes later, Michael Boehm would tie things up for the Wolverines as he took the pass from Josh Zawada, took a few steps above GLE, and stung one near-side past Kyle Mullin to make it an 11-11 game.

Nick Rowlett won the ensuing faceoff for Michigan and Peter Thompson, Ryan Cohen, Jacob Jackson, and Aidan Mullholland each got shots off during that possession. However, a blocked shot and three Kyle Mullin saves kept the Wolverines’ offense at bay and prohibited them from getting ahead.

On the other end, Michigan would come up with a huge defensive stand as time expired to force overtime. Both Shane Knobloch and Ross Scott got shots off but neither would go.

While it had been nearly all Michigan late in regulation, from coming back from down 9-4 late in the third quarter to holding firm against the Rutgers effort to help ensure overtime, Rutgers would end the contest on top.

Shane Knobloch came off a pick up top and down the left alley, where he sent home an under-handed shot to secure victory for Rutgers.

Knobloch’s game-winner was his third of the day as he, along with Brian Cameron (4G/1A), helped lead the way for the Scarlet Knights’ offense.

The other two of Knobloch’s goals came during Rutgers’ six-goal run from the 9:10 mark in the second quarter through the 4:56 mark of the third quarter where the Scarlet Knights were able to jump out to their biggest lead of the game, 9-4. Michigan had led 4-3 just before that Rutgers run.

Kyle Mullin made 11 saves to anchor the Rutgers defense. Jonathan Dugenio went 12-for-26 (46%) at the faceoff dot. He went 4-for-5 (80%) during the second quarter.

Michael Boehm (4G/1A) and Ryan Cohen (1G/4A) each had five goals to lead Michigan while Nick Rowlett went 10-for-16 (62%) at the dot. Shane Carr played the full game for the first in a month and made 14 saves.

Rutgers (8-3, 1-2 Big Ten) moves to play Maryland at home next week. Michigan (5-5, 1-2 Big Ten) moves to play Penn State at home next Saturday.

Braden Erska Lifts Maryland Past Ohio State in OT

A wild scene on the sideline ensued following Daniel Kelly’s game-tying and overtime-forcing goal with 2:09 left in regulation that brought Maryland all the way back from down 7-2 late in the second quarter and 9-5 at the half to being tied 11-11.

With the faceoff about to be set, the referees came pulled both coaches together and explained that Ohio State faceoff man Matt Fritz had the wrong color gloves on. Per NCAA rules, “All players on a team shall wear gloves of the same dominant official team color unless safety reasons require a different color glove to
be worn. Specialized goalkeeper gloves may be of any color.”

As Fritz swapped from white to gray gloves, Ohio State head coach Nick Myers was seen visibly yelling towards the Maryland bench. Myers would call for a stick check on Maryland’s Luke Wierman and all way good.

After the minutes of chaos on the sideline, play resumed with Maryland being given possession.

Jack Koras saw his shot get blocked and Ohio State went down on the other end for what would be the final possession of regulation. Coming out of a timeout, all the Buckeyes would get was a shot via Mitchell Pehlke that went wide.

Luke Wierman won faceoff to start overtime and it didn’t take long for Maryland to strike as Braden Erska put home the game-winner just 54 seconds into the extra period to secure the Maryland victory.

Maryland, who was once behind by five goals late in the second quarter, scored each of the final four goals of the game to earn its second overtime win of the season. That included blanking the Buckeyes 3-0 in the fourth quarter and holding them scoreless for the final 17-ish minute of the contest.

Luke Wierman went 19-for-26 (73%) on the day and went 9-for-10 (90%) during the second half as the Terrapins were able to dominate possession late.

Daniel Kelly led Maryland with four goals while Brian Ruppel made nine saves with a 45% save percentage in cage on the day.

Ed Shean led Ohio State with five goals while Kyle Borda had two goals and one assist.

Skylar Wahlund made eight saves in cage with a 40% save percentage to anchor the Ohio State defense.

Maryland (7-3, 2-1 Big Ten) moves to face Rutgers on the road next Saturday.Ohio State (5-6, 1-2 Big Ten) moves to play at Johns Hopkins next week.

Virginia Downs North Carolina

Connor Shellenberger was not in the lineup for the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday night at North Carolina but it didn’t matter as the Cavaliers took down their ACC rivals in a convincing, 19-12, victory.

Payton Cormier (5G/2A) led the Virginia offense with seven points while Xander Dickson (3G/1A), Thomas McConvey (2G/2A), and Griffin Schutz (1G/3A) each had four points on the day. Petey LaSalla went 17-for-33 (52%) at the dot and Matthew Nunes made 12 saves in cage with a 52% save percentage.

Virginia came out of the gates hot as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead before taking the 12-4 lead at the half. The Cavaliers added seven more in the final two frames to ensure the seven-goal victory.

A big factor in the game was the Virginia ride as they held the Tar Heels to a 15-for-19 (78%) mark.That includes one in the second quarter that led to a Cavaliers’ goal.

Logan McGovern (2G/2A) had four goals to lead the Tar Heels while Lance Tillman netted a hat trick. Collin Krieg made seven saves.

Navy Upsets Loyola

For the second week in a row, the Navy Midshipmen have earned an upset victory in Patriot League on a Friday night. Last week it was Boston U. and this week it was the Loyola Greyhounds, knocking them off 11-10.

After a first quarter that saw the two sides all knotted at 2-2, Navy would dominate the third quarter as they put home six consecutive goals to pull ahead 8-4. And while Loyola was able to make it an 8-7 game with 12:11 left in regulation thanks to a three-goal run of their own which ended with a pair of man-up scores from Joey Kamish and Will McCulloch, Navy was able to strike right back.

Max Hewitt, Jon Jarsoz, and Henry Tolker extended the Midshipmen lead to 11-7 with 6:11 left.

In the end, however, it was the Navy defense who came up heroic in the end. Loyola had put home three consecutive scores; the last of which came from the stick of Davis Lindsey with 36 seconds left. With Loyola winning the ensuing faceoff, Mustang Sally got the last shot off an Pat Ryan came up with a huge save to win the game.

The game-winning save was Ryan’s 23rd of the day as he was an incredible anchor for the Midshipmen defense.

Henry Tolker led Navy with six goals while Max Hewitt had four points off three goals and one assist.

Davis Lindsey had three goals and one assist to lead Loyola with four points.

Navy (6-6, 3-2 Patriot League) moves to Lafayette next Saturday. Loyola (6-4, 3-2 Patriot League) moves to face Boston U. on the road next Saturday.


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