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Denison tops Roanoke in 2OT thriller

Owen Armstrong  |  Photo by Pete Emerson
Owen Armstrong | Photo by Pete Emerson

SALEM, Va.--  Liam Rooney scored the game-winning goal 47 seconds into the second overtime to lead No. 16 Denison to a 14-13 win over Roanoke College on Sunday at Kerr Stadium.  With the win, Denison moves to 1-1 on the season while Roanoke drops to 1-1.

With 4:58 left in regulation, Roanoke's Peter Lindley scored his sixth goal of the afternoon off a pass from Chad Fisher, giving his squad a 13-11 lead.  Denison's Richie Bartozzi won the ensuing faceoff and after the ball was moved into the offensive third, Fisher was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for an illegal body check, giving Denison a critical man-up situation.  Forty seconds later, Denison sophomore Brooks Davy pumped in his first goal of the game off a pass from Peter Pittroff.

The game was sent to overtime when Wills Hutras scored with 14 seconds left in regulation off a pass from Rooney.  Roanoke's Zach Louie did get a last second shot attempt off before the horn but it sailed wide.

In the first overtime, Roanoke took possession first but Kevin Jackson's shot was saved by Stephen Paras.  At the other end, Owen Armstrong and Jake Waxter both fired shots at Maroon goalie Ian Davies.  Armstrong's sailed wide and Waxter's was saved.  Hutras also attempted a shot in the first OT but it also went wide.

In the second OT, Bartozzi won the faceoff and secured possession.  Rooney's game winner came 47 seconds into the period when his crossing pass appeared to carom off the Roanoke goalie's stick and into the cage marking a wild finish to a back-and-forth game.

Denison ended up holding a 51-49 advantage in shots but the Maroons held a 43-31 edge in the ground ball category.  A majority of those came at the faceoff X where Roanoke won 20-of-29 on the day.

There were eight EMO's in the game. Denison was 2-for-3 in extra-man as Davy and Waxter accounted for the Big Red's man-up tallies.  Roanoke was 1-for-5 in 6:30 of man-up time.

In his first career start in cage, Paras totaled 15 saves while playing all 64:47.  Davies posted 14 saves for Roanoke while also playing the entire game.

Lindley led Roanoke with six goals and one assist.  Fisher was 17-for-21 facing off for Roanoke. He led his team with eight ground balls.

Armstrong led the Denison offense with three goals on 13 shots.  Hutras, Waxter and Will Donohue scored a pair for the Big Red.  Defensively, Ben Duhoski and Josh Happ paced the team with four ground balls apiece. 

Denison returns to action on Saturday, March 4 when they host Albion College at 1 p.m.

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