Quarterfinal #1: Sandburg 15 Naperville Central 14
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
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
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.