Butler Downs Bellarmine, 8-7, in Three Overtimes

Princeton, N.J. -- Sophomore Cliff Smith scored at the 2:35 mark of the third overtime Sunday, giving Butler a thrilling 8-7 win over Bellarmine in a neutral site contest played in Princeton, N.J. It was Smith's second goal of the game for Butler, which also got three goals from freshman Jeremy Sieverts. With the win, Butler improves to 2-6 on the season, while the Knights fall to 3-4.

Bellarmine opened the scoring four minutes into the game before Sieverts scored his first goal of the game at the 9:58 mark of the first period. The man-up tally was assisted on by junior Adam Wade. Butler scored the next three goals as well to take a 4-1 lead midway through the second period. Bellarmine scored with 3:46 remaining in the opening half to send the teams to the intermission with Butler leading 4-2.

Bellarmine's Garett Kikot scored twice - 12 seconds apart - to tie the game at four with 9:17 to play in the third period. Butler answered with man-up goals from Doug Mathias and Sieverts to close the third period with a 6-4 advantage. After the teams traded goals, Bellarmine scored the final two goals of regulation to send the game to extra time.

The teams played through two four-minute overtime periods before Smith's heroics. Smith's initial shot was saved by the Knights' JC Hutchins, but Smith collected the rebound and found the net for the game-winner. It was his team-leading 14th goal of the season.

Butler's largest advantage came in face-offs, where the Bulldogs controlled 16 of 21. Senior Phil Brauch went 15-of-20. Brauch and freshman Will Morgan also scored goals for Butler. The Bulldogs held advantages of 44-30 in shots and 42-26 in ground balls. The team converted on three of its seven extra-man opportunities.

Junior Ryan Kaiser went the distance in goal for Butler, making 14 saves, including a pair in the overtime sessions. Brauch led the Bulldogs with nine ground balls. Carlos Navarro had seven. Smith took a game-high 15 shots. Bellarmine's Hutchins stopped 23 of Butler's shots.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (April 1), traveling to Pittsburgh to face Robert Morris.
Score by Period       1  2  3  4 OT O2 O3  Tot
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Bellarmine Knights.. 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 - 7
BUTLER.............. 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 - 8

Bellarmine Knights SCORING:
GOALS: Kikot, Garett 2; Gardner, Adam 2; Andersen, Shane 1;
Adams, Cameron 1; Norbraten, Justin 1.
ASSISTS: Andersen, Shane 1; Kikot, Garett 1; Thomson, Sean 1.

BUTLER SCORING:
GOALS: Sieverts, Jeremy 3; Smith, Cliff 2; Brauch, Phil 1;
Morgan, Will 1; Mathias, Doug 1.
ASSISTS: Wade, Adam 3; Hurto, Pat 1; Smith, Cliff 1.

Shots by period 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Tot
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Bellarmine Knights.. 6 8 3 9 2 2 0 - 30
BUTLER.............. 10 11 8 8 4 0 3 - 44

Ground balls by prd 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Tot
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Bellarmine Knights.. 2 7 6 8 2 1 0 - 26
BUTLER.............. 7 12 8 8 2 3 2 - 42

Face-offs by prd 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Total
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Bellarmine Knights.. 0-3 1-5 1-5 2-5 1-1 0-1 0-1 - 5-21
BUTLER.............. 3-3 4-5 4-5 3-5 0-1 1-1 1-1 - 16-21

Clears by period 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Total
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Bellarmine Knights.. 3-5 3-4 3-5 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-1 - 12-20
BUTLER.............. 2-2 3-4 4-4 2-2 1-2 0-1 0-0 - 12-15

Extra-man opps 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Total
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Bellarmine Knights.. 0-3 0-2 0-0 3-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 - 3-8
BUTLER.............. 1-2 0-0 2-3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 - 3-7

Saves by period 1 2 3 4 OT O2 O3 Tot
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Bellarmine Knights.. 5 6 6 3 2 0 1 - 23
BUTLER.............. 3 5 1 3 1 1 0 - 14

PENALTIES - BELL 9/7:00; BUTLER 9/8:00.

SCORING SUMMARY:
Prd Time Team Type Goal Scorer Assists
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1. 1st 11:06 BELL EVEN Gardner, Adam Unassisted
2. 9:58 BUTLER UP Sieverts, Jeremy Wade, Adam
3. 2nd 14:07 BUTLER EVEN Morgan, Will Unassisted
4. 9:46 BUTLER DN Smith, Cliff Unassisted
5. 6:53 BUTLER EVEN Brauch, Phil Hurto, Pat
6. 3:46 BELL EVEN Norbraten, Justin Unassisted
7. 3rd 9:29 BELL EVEN Kikot, Garett Thomson, Sean
8. 9:17 BELL EVEN Kikot, Garett Unassisted
9. 5:22 BUTLER UP Mathias, Doug Smith, Cliff
10. 2:27 BUTLER UP Sieverts, Jeremy Wade, Adam
11. 4th 11:28 BELL UP Gardner, Adam Unassisted
12. 7:48 BUTLER EVEN Sieverts, Jeremy Wade, Adam
13. 6:44 BELL UP Andersen, Shane Kikot, Garett
14. 5:30 BELL UP Adams, Cameron Andersen, Shane
15. OT3 2:35 BUTLER EVEN Smith, Cliff Unassisted

2006-03-26



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