Duke Erases 9-Goal Deficit by Falls to No. 1 UNC in ACC Semis

Duke did not go quietly and three goals in a span of just 1:42 had the Blue Devils back within 10-6 with 3:17 left in the half. The Tar Heels answered all three of those goals before intermission with Sankey, Tutton and Bitter scoring at 2:07, 1:05 and eight seconds to lift the Heels to a 13-6 halftime edge.

The Tar Heels came out in the second half and tacked on two more goals, an unassisted tally by Bitter at 13:48 and a Ryan Creighton goal assisted by Holman at 11:31.

UNC led 15-6 at that point but for the next 20 minutes of the game the contest was all Blue Devils. Duke outshot the 17-5 in the third quarter and it won seven of nine face-offs in each of the third and fourth quarters. The Blue Devils scored six straight goals to end the third quarter with a goal by Myles Jones cutting UNC's lead to 15-12 at 1:43 of the period.

Wolf scored his fourth goal of the game 57 seconds into the fourth quarter to cut the lead to two and Josh Offit tallied with 11:06 left to end the eight-goal run and make it 15-14.

Chad Tutton's extra-man goal off a feed by Joey Sankey made it 16-14 Carolina with 9:52 left but the Blue Devils were relentless in their comeback. Josh Dionne concluded his hat trick with a goal at 8:45 and Wolf scored his fifth goal of the game just 27 seconds later to tie the game at 16 all.

Duke then took its first lead of the game when defenseman Bill Conners scored off an assist by Offit with 6:12 left in the game.

Carolina freshman Brent Armstrong won the ensuing face-off against Fowler and after Turri saved a shot by Sankey at 5:20, UNC scored the game-tying goal 19 seconds later. Holman drew a double team and made a back-handed toss back to Bitter who scorched a lefty shot inside the near pipe.

Duke won the next face-off but Burke saved a shot by Christian Walsh at 4:19. On the other end of the field Turri stopped Tutton's tough angle shot at 2:48 but after a Duke clear Burke saved a shot by Myles Jones with 2:10 left.

After a near failed clear by Carolina, Joey Sankey scooped up a ground ball and fed Matt Shannon whose shot from point-blank range was saved by Turri with 1:52 left. In the race for the ball, a Duke player was called for a loose ball push and Carolina got the ball back with 1:48 to play. After a timeout for the Blue Devils, Carolina scored 20 seconds later as Tutton fed Holman on the right side and the senior sent his shot into the upper left just inside the crossbar and pipe.

Duke won the next face-off but turned it over and Mark McNeill cleared the ball for UNC. After Joey Sankey missed wide, the Tar Heels had the ball with 1:05 to play. Duke called a timeout but when play resumed the game clock did not start for nearly 13 seconds and confusion reigned.

Steve Pontrello went to the open goal only to see Duke's Henry Lobb step into the goal and making a phenomenal defender save. Chris Hipps tracked the ball down in the left corner and fed Turri and the Blue Devils got a successful clear. A flag went down against the Tar Heels and Lawson's shot was blocked out of bounds with 28.7 seconds left on the game clock.

The officials assessed a 30-second holding penalty against Pontrello and reset the game clock to 16 seconds. Burke then saved Lawson's shot with six seconds to play, ending one of the wildest game's in the history of the rivalry.

The only Duke-Carolina game in which more than 35 goals have been came on April 21, 1990 when UNC beat Duke 26-13 at Kenan Stadium.

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