Misericordia Outlasts LVC in Triple OT Heartbreaker

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Freshman Ty Fosnacht sent the game to overtime with a buzzer-beater goal at the end of regulation, but Misericordia's Kyle Calabro scored with 1:10 remaining in triple OT to lift the Cougars, 8-7, over LVC in a drama-packed game at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (2-8, 0-6 MAC) scored three times in the final 6:40 of regulation, including Fosnacht's goal with no time remaining, to force overtime, then outshot the Cougars (3-8, 1-5 MAC) 6-4 in extra time but came up empty-handed.

LVC controlled the ball for much of the game, holding a wide 39-23 shots advantage but failing to convert as Misericordia took a 2-1 halftime lead.

The Dutchmen knotted the game up on Ian Schmid's goal to start the third quarter, and that jump-started an action-packed second half as Misericordia answered with two quick strikes by Joshua Schwartz and Matt Gonzalez.

Defenseman Rich Drazin scored his first career goal in the third when he scooped a loose ball past goalkeeper Ryan Kay on a breakaway run, but MU's J.R. Lauri scored to end the quarter and give his side a 5-3 advantage.

After CJ Adams cut the lead to a goal to start the fourth, Misericordia got some cushion with goals by Patrick McTague and Zach Buckley, going up 7-4. The Dutchmen defense, however, held MU scoreless over the rest of regulation, and Adams's goal at 6:40 followed by a man-up goal by Fosnacht 1:16 later put LVC a goal down.

LVC controlled but could not find the chance they needed, and the game appeared all but over when Schmid sailed a shot high and out the end with 1.9 seconds remaining. Kyle Stewardson had other plans, however, and found Fosnacht to the right of goal off the restart as the freshman executed a perfect catch and scoop to score at the horn and send the game to overtime.

The Dutchmen had to kill a man-down situation immediately in the first overtime, then had their best scoring chance in the third OT when Drazin bounced a breakaway shot onto the crossbar. That immediately set up the Misericordia goal as Brian Ratajczak won the ground ball, cleared, and Calabro converted a feed by McTague less than a minute later.

Ethan Hilberg was the hard-luck loser, making seven saves, including two in overtime. Kay stopped seven, with one OT save. LVC was 2 for 7 on extra-man opportunities to Misericordia's 0 for 4.

LVC will head to DeSales on Saturday.


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