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Quarterfinal #1: Sandburg 15 Naperville Central 14 (OT)

 

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - Chaos! Balys Gintautas scored the game-winning goal with one-second remaining in overtime as Sandburg stunned Naperville Central 15-14 on Friday night. The Eagles' senior caught a pass on the left side of the pool and snuck a shot into the left corner as the rest of the Sandburg lineup tried to subdue their celebration for one last play. Goalie Tony Rogina blocked Jay Howenstine's desperation heave at the buzzer to secure the win for Sandburg.

 

The game looked to be headed for sudden-death just twelve seconds earlier, when Kyle Rickert scored with 0:13 left to play in a frantic possession for the Redhawks. Earlier, his backhand attempt from point-blank range was blocked to the side of the pool by Rogina, but Howenstine fought for the loose ball and found Rickert sitting wide-open near the left post after the scramble. Rickert promptly fired a shot past Rogina to tie the score at 14-14.

 

The Redhawks' needed the late equalizer thanks in large part to Sandburg's Cody Corridino, who chose a great time to net his first score of the game. In the second overtime period, the Eagles' senior was left open on the left side and beat Central goalie Pat Stablein to the corner with a shot that gave Sandburg a 14-13 advantage.

 

Central thought they had the game in hand late in the final period, as Rickert and Kristian Altuve scored consecutive goals to put them ahead 12-10. Matt Veldman got a goal back for the Eagles on a penalty shot, then Gintautas scored the game-tying goal with 0:47 left in regulation.

 

The Eagles' balanced attack help them earn the victory, as Gintautas notched 5 scores, Matt Veldman added 4 goals, and both Anthoney Bonnar and Erik Niemeier scored 2 times in the Sandburg win. Corridino and Stephen Zieler each scored one goal apiece for the Eagles, while Rogina made 15 saves in the win.

 

Altuve and Rickert provided the bulk of the scoring for the Redhawks, as each walked away with 6 scores in the losing effort. Matt Reasons and Nate Weeks also notched one goal each in the Central loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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