Widener rallies from three-goal hole to defeat No. 13 Gettysburg 6-4
Senior Johnny Casey scored two big goals and the defense was more than up to the challenge as Widener came back for a 6-4 triumph at No. 13 Gettysburg.
Down 3-0 in the second quarter after playing strong defense, Widener (5-3) saw its offense go to work. Freshman Tim Taylor 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 scored 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 scored for a three-goal tie.
Widener's defense didn't slow down, continuing 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 Pride were not done as they scored their fifth consecutive goal, courtesy of freshman Kyle Gratz just a minute later for a 5-3 margin. Gettysburg finally broke through the Widener defense when Nick Alibrandi scored with 8:34 remaining for a 5-4 contest.
The Bullets attempted just two shots during 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, while Widener gained a 13-8 shots advantage.
Robert Clemens dished out two assists and fellow junior Mac Nestler made 14 saves for the Pride, who notched their first win against a ranked team since topping No. 19 Cabrini 5-4 in double overtime in 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.