At the buzzer, QU gets a last second goal to win
By Sam Friedman
February 29, 2008
HAMDEN — After seeing the Red Storm take the lead late in the 4th quarter, Quinnipiac (2-0) responded with a comeback of its own, scoring twice in the final minute of regulation to steal victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 11-10 over St. John’s (0-2) Monday afternoon.
The game was very close throughout, with neither team really obtaining a big lead. The Bobcats led by as many as three goals when in the 4th quarter Kevin Kelly scored an unassisted goal by beating Red Storm goalie Gavin Buckley on the left shoulder side. That goal was Kelly’s first goal of the season, and it gave the Bobcats a 9-6 lead at that point, capping of a 4-0 run starting with Todd Kaiser’s first goal of the season at 8:55 of the 3rd quarter. However, St. John’s returned the favor with a 4-0 run of their own in the period, starting with Graeme Gillespie’s quick wrister past Benzing just 52 seconds after Kelly’s goal. That was Gillespie’s 2nd goal of the game. After goal from Malcolm Miles 38 seconds later and a man advantage goal from Trevor Michaelson, Rob Gannon gave the Red Storm their 3rd lead of the game at 2:23 left in the 4th.
However, the Bobcats refused to quit. Anthony Poerio got an unassisted goal with 56 seconds remaining, his 2nd of the game, the Bobcats picked up a loose ball and began racing downfield against the clock. Eventually Kaiser got the ball and quickly flipped it to Kerr, who slammed the ball in past Buckley’s right leg pad with under a second remaining to give the Bobcats the win in the 11-10 thriller.
“I think our confidence increased quite a bit outside of the fact that we had a 3 goal lead and they were able to take the lead w/2 minutes to go. (But) we played the full 60, and that helped increase our confidence level,” coach Eric Fekete said after the game. “We talked about at halftime not paying attention to the clock, just playing hard for the last 30 minutes of the game. I don’t think we were perfect. We gotta play a little more consistently.”
The win gives the Bobcats a 2-0 start, ahead of the 1-1 start from a year ago. They play their first road game of the season Saturday when they visit the Jaspers of Manhattan College.
NOTES: The Bobcats surrendered 3 goals on 9 penalties taken, while scoring twice on six man advantages. … Kerr’s hat trick gave him 7 goals on the season, most on the team. No one else has more than 3. … Michaelson had 5 points (4 goals-1 assist) to lead all players. Poerio led the Bobcats with 4 points (2-2).