Andy DeMichiei nets game-winner as Marquette tops St. John's in double OT
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Marquette University freshman Andy DeMichiei scored in sudden-death as the Golden Eagles (4-7, 2-1 BIG EAST) edged St. John’s in double-overtime on Sunday to claim an 11-10 victory against the Red Storm (6-5, 2-2 BIG EAST).
After MU came up empty on its first five shots in extra time, DeMichiei was able to finally put it away with his game-winner at the 2:46 mark of the second overtime period. He was assisted by Tyler Melnyk.
It was the Golden Eagles first goal since fellow freshman Noah Joseph gave MU a 10-7 lead with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Marquette had led by as many as four goals in second half, but the Red Storm out-scored MU 6-2 in the final 18 minutes of regulation, including a 3-0 run to end the fourth quarter to eventually tie it up at 10-10.
St. John’s came out firing in the first quarter by putting three shots on cage its opening possession, but it was the Golden Eagles who struck first on a goal by Kyle Whitlow four minutes into the contest.
Whitlow, who finished with a team-high five points and his fifth career hat trick, struck again five minutes into the second quarter to give MU a 3-1 advantage. Pat Townsend then doubled the Golden Eagles’ lead moments later on the transfer’s first goal as a member of the Blue & Gold. All four of Marquette’s first-half tallies were unassisted.
St. John’s again capitalized on its second extra-man opportunity of the opening half to pull within one with two minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Red Storm trailed 4-3 at the intermission.
Marquette went on a 4-1 run in the third quarter as the Golden Eagles grabbed their largest lead of the afternoon on a goal by freshman Ryan McNamara, who made it 8-4 at the 4:25 mark. But Colin Keegan pulled the Red Storm within three moments later on his fourth tally of the game.
MU goalie Jimmy Danaher faced 19 shots in the fourth quarter when he made five of his 10 saves on the afternoon. Other top performers included Paul Riportella, who won 15 of 26 faceoffs (including both faceoffs in overtime) and Liam Byrnes who tied a Marquette single-game record with eight groundballs.
The Golden Eagles are now 4-1 when scoring in double figures this season and own a 2-0 all-time record in overtime.