Casey, Widener Defense Stifle No. 15 Gettysburg
from press release
GLENSIDE, Pa. - Senior Johnny Casey (Glenside, PA) scored two massive goals and the defense was more than up to the challenge as Widener came back for a 6-4 triumph at 13th-ranked Gettysburg.
Down 3-0 in the second quarter after it played strong defense, Widener (5-3) saw its offense go to work. Freshman Tim Taylor (Philadelphia, PA) scored a man-down goal, his 16th overall this season, with 7:40 left for a 3-1 deficit.
The second half was all Widener and it did not take long for the visitors to get going. Senior Josh Fox (Wynnewood, PA) tallied just 1:40 in the half to get the Pride within 3-2. The comeback was complete with 8:21 to go in the third quarter when freshman Marc LaVine (Nashua, NH) scored for a 3-3 tie.
Just getting to a draw certainly would not satisfy Widener and the defense continued to hold Gettysburg (5-3) off the scoreboard. The offense took advantage as Casey scored a man-up goal almost four minutes into the fourth quarter to give the Pride their first lead, 4-3.
The visitors were not done as they scored their fifth straight goal, courtesy of freshman Kyle Gratz (Worthington, OH) just over a minute later for a 5-3 margin. Widener's run of holding Gettysburg off the scoreboard ended at an astounding 31 minutes, 7 seconds when Nick Alibrandi tallied with 8:34 remaining for a 5-4 contest.
Now it was a matter of limiting Gettysburg's possessions and Widener did just that. The Bullets attempted just two shots over the next four minutes and the Pride got it done on the other end when Casey scored his team-leading 21st goal of the year with 4:27 remaining for a 6-4 margin.
Casey moves into a tie for sixth in school history with Steve Littlewood (2000-23) at 125 goals and he is now 10th with 178 points.
Gettysburg only had three shots the rest of the way and just one on net in a period which Widener gained a 13-8 shots advantage.
Robert Clemens (Aston, PA) dished two assists and fellow junior Mac Nestler (Chatham, NJ) made 14 saves for the Pride, who notched their first win over a ranked team since topping No. 19 Cabrini, 5-4 in double overtime, on March 10, 2007.
"The defense was unbelievable the whole game," Widener coach Brendan Dawson said. "Nestler made some big stops and they gutted it out the whole way. Two huge goals out of a senior leader (Casey) was a great way to step up."
Nick Avedisian won 9-of-13 face-offs and J.T. McCook amassed eight saves for the Bullets, who were handed their first loss by the Pride in 22 all-time meetings.
Gettysburg got two quick goals in the first six minutes on tallies from Robby Maddox and Bijan Firouzan for a 2-0 lead. The Pride's defense then went to work in holding the Bullets without a goal for almost a full quarter before Derek Ruebling tallied with 9:41 left in the first half for a 3-0 margin.
Widener gets a well-deserved rest before hosting Lebanon Valley next Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
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