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Bitter's Big Day Powers #3 UNC Past #14 Johns Hopkins
Hopkins tied the game 45 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Steven Boyle while a delayed penalty flag was down on the field against the Tar Heels. The Blue Jays then went ahead 4-3 on a goal by Kyle Wharton assisted by Tom Palasek with 11:48 left in the second quarter. At 8:35, UNC's Ian Braddish tied the game on his first career goal, driving toward the middle and scoring high past Johns Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett.
The Tar Heels went ahead on a fast break goal by Chris Layne on a bounce shot off the goalie with an assist by Milton Lyles at 6:29. At 3:43 left in the quarter, UNC went up 6-4 on an extra-man goal with Gavin Petracca feeding Marcus Holman on the crease for the putaway. Hopkins answered right back less than a minute later on an unassisted goal by Max Chautin on a bounce shot.
North Carolina went ahead 7-5 as Jimmy Dunster drove the left alley and scored unassisted at 13:05. The Tar Heels scored an extra-man goal at 11:04 as Gavin Petracca took a pass on the left side from Marcus Holman and scored from 10 yards out. Hopkins pulled back within two goals at 8-6 as Kyle Wharton got an unassisted goal after claiming a loose ball in a scrum in front of the goal mouth.
The Tar Heels scored just five seconds later as Michael Burns won the face-off on a violation, ran down the middle of the field and sent a high, hard shot in the upper right corner. That was the last goal of the quarter as the Tar Heels led 9-6 after three quarters.
Billy Bitter scored the first goal of the fourth quarter as he rolled the crease on the right side off a restart and scored unassisted at 6:46 of the period. Hopkins matched the goal less than a minute later on a goal by John Ranagan assisted by Tom Palasek with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter. Cam Wood then scored his first career goal at 1:14 of fourth quarter into an empty net as the Hopkins team was trying to get a takeaway.
The Tar Heels will travel to the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. to take on top-ranked Virginia next Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
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