Ithaca Dominates Nazareth in Empire 8 Tilt

The Golden Flyers, however, rebounded with two goals in an eight-second spurt to tie the game before the end of the quarter. Clark tallied his 10th goal of the season to put Nazareth on the board with 1:06 to play in the period after he received a pass from senior John McDonnell. After collecting the loose ball on the ensuing faceoff, freshman Drew Simoneau scored an unassisted goal to tie the score. It was Simoneau's sixth goal of the year.

In the second quarter, the defenses and goalies held both offenses scoreless for more than 10 minutes. Ithaca ended the scoreless drought with an unassisted goal by James Manilla with 4:33 to play in the half.

Following Manilla's goal, the Bombers maintained their lead through the remainder of the contest. Thirty-eight seconds after Manilla found the Nazareth net, Jake Long stretched the Ithaca lead with a man-up goal after the Golden Flyers were whistled for a push. Long scored with 20 seconds left in the period to provide the Bombers with a 5-2 lead at halftime.

Ithaca controlled the third quarter, outscoring Nazareth 4-0 to build an overwhelming 9-2 lead. Casey Schattner opened the second half scoring 2:19 into the period. Billy LaPerch, Pat Slawta, and Devin Weinshank each had goals to stretch the Bombers' lead to seven goals. Ithaca outshot the Golden Flyers 10-4 in the period.

The teams traded goals through the fourth quarter. Each time Nazareth scored, the Bombers answered to prevent the Golden Flyers from rallying. Junior Brian Wright scored an unassisted goal 1:24 into the final quarter to trim the Bombers' advantage to 9-3.

After a goal by Weinshank, freshman Kyle Fanning tallied his 13th goal of the season midway through the period to bring Nazareth back to within six goals. Less than 30 seconds after Fanning's goal, however, Matt Gleenblatt scored his first goal of the season for Ithaca. Clark's second goal, also unassisted, came in the final 20 seconds of the game.

The Bombers finished with advantages in shots (39-22), ground balls (36-27), and faceoffs (11-9). Junior Tim Doyle amassed a game-high 13 saves for Nazareth. Doyle had five saves in the second quarter to help the Golden Flyers temporarily weather Ithaca's potent offensive attack. Brendan Green finished with six saves to earn his seventh win of the season for the Bombers.

The Golden Flyers return to Nazareth for their next two games. The Golden Flyers host Alfred on Wednesday, April 11th, before taking on Hartwick on Saturday, April 14th. Both are Empire 8 Conference games.

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